Robbie Deans steps down

Robbie Deans has handed in his resignation as the coach of the Australia Rugby team to the Australian Rugby Union and is set to be replaced by Ewen McKenzie as the new head coach of the team with his first task of taking on the mighty All Blacks in August just five weeks away. Deans took charge of The Wallabies team in 2008 and had a further six months left on his current contract.

However, the first foreign coach in the history of the sport in the country was under immense pressure from the local press and fans as well as former players after suffering a 2-1 series defeat at the hands of the British and Irish Lions at home. And following the series defeats at the hands of their oldest rivals, the position of the Kiwi as the coach of the team had become really untenable, culminating in his handing in of the resignation and ending his five year association as the coach of the Australia Rugby team.

Australian Rugby Union chief Bill Pulver had met with both McKenzie as well as Deans with the Australian expected to be announced as the country’s new coach as early as Monday or Tuesday. McKenzie had already announced back in March that he would be stepping down from his role as the Director of Rugby of the Queensland Reds Super Rugby team, having led the team to their first Super 15 Championship back in 2011 as well as back to back wins in the Australian Conference.

The 48 year old has been a world champion with the team, having won the Rugby World Cup back in 1991 with the Australia Rugby team and is considered as one of the best players of his generation and is also revered as a coach too.