Drums beat to dump Deans
Sun, 26 Aug 2012 6:11p.m.
By Adam Hollingworth
Every Kiwi rugby fan except two was celebrating last night's 22-nil win over Australia to clinch the Bledisloe Cup series.
Wallabies play-maker Quade Cooper didn't make much play, while coach Robbie Deans is facing mounting pressure to step down.
Robbie Deans didn't know which way to look as his woeful Wallabies collapsed.
He may not have the best Wallabies team ever, but Deans says he’s not ready to quit.
“It's not about me,” he says. “It's about the team and what we do. At the front end of the rugby championship we play the All Blacks back-to-back. We now reset our sights for Africa and for Argentina. That’s the last thing on my mind right now. It's about the team and picking up and carrying on.”
Steve Hansen was Deans' assistant at the Crusaders but replaced him in the All Blacks coaching team. But now the understudy is very much the master.
But World Cup winner Nick Farr-Jones say Australian Rugby boss John O'Neill is committed to Deans. He says if Deans goes, it'll be on his own terms.
“I can tell you I've been getting a number of texts and emails, so there's a lot of pressure on the guy and that's why if he doesn't get the results he's expecting to by the end of the year, if he doesn't see some light at the end of the tunnel in the form of his team, I think he'll do the honourable thing and fall on his sword,” says Farr-Jones.
So the Bledisloe Cup has slipped away from the Wallabies again, but if Deans can hold onto his coaching job, Farr-Jones says the next acid test will be Argentina away in October.
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26/08/2012 7:22:41 p.m.
Robbie can only do so much. Lets be frank here, he has got a bunch of Aussies he is trying to sort out and in any case, no amount of coaching is going to sort out on feild problems. Also, what good players has he got to pick?
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