Australia sack Deans as head coach
Ewen McKenzie expected to be confirmed as New Zealander’s successor tomorrow
Robbie Deans. Photograph: David Davies/PA Wire
Ewen McKenzie, the former Test prop who guided the Queensland Reds to the Super Rugby title in 2011, will reportedly be unveiled as the new Wallabies coach tomorrow.
The Lions’ record 41-16 victory over the Wallabies in Sydney on Saturday, which secured the tourists a 2-1 Test series triumph, appears to have sealed Deans’ fate.
The New Zealander took over as Australia head coach after the 2007 Rugby World Cup. He led the Wallabies to third place in the 2011 tournament and to the Tri-Nations title in 2011.
The 48-year-old announced in March that he would be standing down from his position with the Reds at the end of the Super Rugby season to pursue a national coaching role. He was linked with the Ireland post before it was filled by Joel Schmidt.
The Wallabies’ next match is against New Zealand on August 17 in the Rugby Championship.