Solmons named assistant coach to World XV

Edinburgh Rugby head coach Alan Solomons will be reunited with former South Africa and Italy head coach Nick Mallet this summer when the pair take charge of the World XV side to face the Springboks at Newlands (Saturday 7 June).

The match, which will take place during the season break for the capital club, is also of some significance to the Scotland national team, with Mallet and Solomons' select facing the Boks ahead of the nation's arrival for their fourth and final summer Test match.

Solomons was Mallet's assistant coach during the Springbok’s record run of 17 victories, which included an unbeaten Tri Nations success in 1998 and record wins over Scotland (68-19), France (51-10) and Wales (96-13).

His exhibition experience also includes steering the Barbarians to wins over five top tier nations (England, Scotland, Wales, South Africa and New Zealand) and led clubs to silverware in both the northern and southern hemisphere.

Head coach Alan Solomons said: "Nick [Mallet] and I coached the Springboks for a number of years so I'm looking forward to meeting up with him again and coaching what looks set to be a very talented team.

Naturally I have a very important job to focus on with Edinbrugh Rugby but this is certainly something to look forward to in the summer break.

- - Head coach Alan Solomons

"It'll be special to play against South Africa back at Newlands [home of Solomons' former side, the Stormers], at the beginning of their Rugby Championship and World Cup preparations."

All Black Carl Hayman and Bok World Cup winner BJ Botha have been named in the front-row in the first release of confirmed participants named by organisers.

The backline will feature Wallabies James O’Connor, Matt Giteau and Drew Mitchell, as well as All Black wing Hosea Gear.

France will be represented by No 8 Julien Bonnaire and inside back François Trinh-Duc, while Toulon-based England flank Steffon Armitage is part of a RBS 6 Nations triumvirate.