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Deans named new Wallabies coach

New Zealand's Robbie Deans has become the first foreigner to be appointed Wallabies coach, with the Australian Rugby Union today confirming a four-year deal for the man the All Blacks didn't want.


Deans, who is also coach of the Crusaders in the Super 14, was unveiled at ARU headquarters today as the new Wallabies supremo with officials saying they were rapt to have what they believe is the "best person for the job".

The ARU also confirmed that Deans will be allowed to see out his commitments with the Crusaders in next year's Super 14, with the New Zealand Rugby Union also announcing that Deans was cleared to continue in the role despite his new status.

ARU Chairman Peter McGrath said: "Robbie comes with a superb record. The ARU board presented the selection panel with a brief to find the most outstanding candidate. We consider this appointment satisfies that objective.

"The Australian public would expect nothing less from us and we see this as a new start for Australian rugby. In terms of our playing ranks, we are on the doorstep of generational change. We believe Robbie Deans is the man to move us into that new era.

"He has created history today by becoming the first non-Australian to coach the Wallabies. We trust there are further historic achievements awaiting him and the Wallabies over the next four years on the road to the 2011 World Cup."

It now sets up the intriguing prospect of Deans going head to head with Graham Henry for the Bledisloe Cup in a contest that will have all sorts of repercussions.

Deans recently lost out in a contentious battle with Henry for the All Blacks position, after the four-time Super 14 winning coach had put the Wallabies job on the back-burner to pursue his ambition of becoming New Zealand coach.

However the Australians showed how much they value the 48-year-old Crusaders coach by allowing him to make a late application for the Wallabies job after his All Black ambitions were thwarted.

He was interviewed in Brisbane on Tuesday, and Australian media have speculated he was to be offered an annual package of close to $1 million a year to take up the job.

The appointment will not be without controversy, with the hugely successful Crusaders coach becoming the first foreigner to take charge of the Wallabies. Conjecture that he would be given the job after it had been made clear he was the No 1 choice of chief executive John O'Neill had divided Australia's rugby community.

But O'Neill has had his sights on Deans for some time now, and conveniently some serious neck problems that have left the Australian rugby boss bedridden have allowed them to stall the appointment process.

Deans is currently in Christchurch where he is taking his Crusaders through pre-season preparations and will be summoned to Sydney tomorrow to finalise details and undertake media obligations.

The unsuccessful candidates for the Australian job were David Nucifora of the Blues, Waratahs coach Ewen McKenzie, broadcaster Alan Jones, Laurie Fisher of the Brumbies and Wallabies assistant John Muggleton.



So how do you Aussies feel about having a Kiwi in charge? :D
 

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It's a brilliant move, says ,more about the incompetency of the NZ Rugby Union.They fecked up with Mitchell aswell, who only lost 1 test and that was a RWC Semi.THe Kiwi's are becoming like the English FA with there choices.
 

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I am actually glad to see Deans given a go with a very good international side.... he deserves it IMO although I did and still believe Henry deserves another chance with the AB's. I think Deans will do a good job with Australia and wish him the best.... but not so good against the Kiwis! :tongue:
 
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