Deans sacked as Australia coach

According to reports in the Australian press, head coach Robbie Deans will tomorrow be stepped down as coach of the Australian national rugby team.

He has been under fierce scrutiny for some time now, and it was felt that only a win against the Lions could save his skin. After losing the series 2-1 – and the last test in such an emphatic fashion – however, it comes as little surprise that the ARU have acted to end his tenure.

The man believed to be in place to fill his boots is Queensland Reds coach Ewen McKenzie. South African and current Brumbies mastermind Jake White was also in the mix, but it is believed they are looking for an Australian to take the reigns.

An official announcement is expected to be made tomorrow. Australia’s next game is against the All Blacks on the opening day of the Rugby Championship, on August 17th.

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12 thoughts on “Deans sacked as Australia coach

  1. One of the weekend.s coaches was going to get sacked – both went against the popular opinion when making their selection, both put their reps on the line, only one of them could win.

  2. This will be hugely popular.

    The first match of the rugby championship is Aug 17. He doesn’t have much of a honeymoon period!

  3. not surprised here. heard from a few aussie fans that once the game was lost everyone was hoping to be put to the sword so that there was no way deans could defend himself.

    with Deans getting the sack McKenzie looks to be the new coach. He is a man who says that he would never leave out Cooper. a decision which may have cost Aus the series? we will never know.

    other big news, O’Connor has been told that the Rebels will not renew his contract at the end of the season…

    1. I saw that on O’Connor. Interesting one. Apparently Beale is on his was back to the Tahs as well for personal reasons – could leave the Rebels short of class. Interestingly, the Rebels record has been far better without those two in the side.

      Any idea where O’Connor might end up? Back at the Force would be a shame for such a talented player. Maybe Brumbies would be a good fit?

      1. not sure the brumbies would want him.

        they already have class in the positions he plays.

        Toomua at 10 (would play JOC there anyway!)
        Leali’ifano and McCabe at 12
        Mogg at 15
        Speigth and Tomane on the wings.

        wouldnt be surprised if he went back to Perth, although i think that the Reds may plump for him. They have Cooper at 10, but havent really settled on a 12, and they also have 15 kind of free too. He was schooled in Queensland too. plus with McKenzie leaving, the new coach will want to make an impact, luring JOC there could be a big splash.

        Beale is expected back at the Tahs because of the support he gets in Sydney. his mentor Mark Ella is there, his family, and he was schooled there, so he has that whole network too. its better for him to go there.

        Reds is probably a good call for JOC, he will have family. plus Cooper seems to have calmed down a bit, so he could help JOC. similarly, Genia and Horwill would be good influences on him.

        1. Reds isn’t a bad shout. Brumbies always look at big names though so I think they will still be interested. He is a better winger than Tomane of Speight so that could work.

          Didn’t realise his Queensland selection but that seems to add up. I knew Beales exit was personal not rugby reasons. The Rebels have cash so may go for someone big for next season. Letting these two go will certainly free up a lot of cash!

          1. i think most teams could easily make room for him, the question is if there budget is big enough to warrant bringing him in for a player who is already decent. guys like Tomane and Speight are probably worse wingers, but at S15 level they are still some of the best around.

            personally i am surprised we havent seen JOC play 13 at all, we have seen him in every other backline shirt (except obviously 9). i think he could be pretty useful there. good hands, pace, running and strength.

            reds or brumbies is the most likely. i dont think the Tahs will bother stretching for him, especially if beale is on the way back. and i think that the Force have to many marquee signings already to be able to get him.
            i dont know that he would fit the Brumbies style of play, under Jake White, all that well. the reds on the other hand have traditionally played quite exciting running rugby, and that should suit him.

  4. This isn’t great news for England or Wales. McKenzie will take a stronger Australia into the world cup than Deans ever would have. Who knows, he may even put O’Conner back on the wing and bring in Cooper.

  5. Deans did a good job blooding new players but ultimately paid for an overrated (by them) Aussie pack, and not playing Quade Cooper. Can’t see the Aussies winning it in 2015 regardless. Saffas, England, AB’s, France, Wales – that’s all I see. Can’t see how Joe Schmidt can get Ireland past France and/or the AB’s. Can’t see Australia delivering a pack needed to win it. They might even go out in the pools. When has that ever happened?

  6. i wonder what will happen with Deans next… what teams will want him? i dont think i would be too pleased if he started coaching one of my teams.

    1. Deans had a 59% success rate – better than any other previous Australian coaches. Compare this with the 40% success rate for the Auckland Blues coached by Sir John Kirwin and Sir Graham Henry. There ain’t no justice!

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