Deans Sacked Following Lions Defeat

Deans Sacked Following Lions Defeat

Robbie Deans, Australian head coach, has been sacked following the 2-1 series defeat by the Lions. 

 

In what was a fantastic series for the Lions, the Australians lost the series to the touring party for the first time since 1989. Deans paid the price for this failure being released from his contract as Australian head coach.

 

Deans has been head coach of Australia since the end of the 2007 World Cup and has enjoyed the success of a Tri-Nations triumph in 2011 and a third place finish in the 2011 World Cup.

 

Despite this success, Deans has never delivered a series victory against the Wallabies’ bitter rivals New Zealand. The Test series defeat by the Lions, including the 41-16 scoreline in the final Test, which accounted for the Lions highest points total and biggest winning margin against Australia, has sparked calls for a change to the management.

 

According to the Daily Mail this change occurred following a meeting with Bill Pulver, the Australian Rugby Union chief executive.

 

According to the Daily Mail, Ewen McKenzie, former Australian prop, will fill the position that has been left vacant by the removal of Deans.

 

McKenzie has had coaching experience with NSW Waratahs, Stade Francais and the Queensland Reds. He enjoyed success with the Reds leading them to the Super Rugby title in 2011.  McKenzie’s main competition for the post came from South African Jake White who led the Springboks to victory in the 2011 World Cup.