Robbie Deans

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Leinster’s Rocky Elsom bursts through the Leicester  defence during the 19-16 win in the 2009 Heineken Cup final. Photograph: Getty Images

Rocky Elsom’s biographer wastes no time entering the realm of hagiography. “Rocky is like a modern day renaissance man, a Leonardo da Vinci in studs,(...)

Ronan O’Gara with Canterbury Crusaders head coach Scott Robertson. Photograph: John Davidson/Inpho/Photosport

Canterbury Crusaders coach Scott Robertson is far more than the breakdancing, surfer dude that he is portrayed as and is ready to step into the All Bl(...)

 All Blacks head coach Steve Hansen during Thursday’s press conference in Auckland. Photograph: Getty Images

The impending departure of All Blacks coach Steve Hansen may mark the end of an era in more ways than one. Hansen, 59, announced his intention to ste(...)

 Australia head coach Michael Cheika  looks on during a training session   in Newport, Wales. Photograph: by Dan Mullan/Getty Images

Preview: Australia v Wales  Principality Stadium, Saturday, 5.20  Live on TV: BBC2 When Wales were thrashed by New Zealand in the 1987 Worl(...)

Greg McWilliams: “Every coach I come across over here I tell them to forget systems; get your kids passing the ball and learn how to step off both feet. Skills, skills, skills”

The suggestion makes Greg McWilliams, US Eagles attack coach and father to new-born twins, laugh out loud. “I wouldn’t say I’m pitting myself against(...)

Dan Carter of Racing 92 is tackled by Simon Zebo of Munster during a   Champions Cup Round Two match  at Thomond Park in October. Photograph:  Getty Images

Robbie Deans used to run alongside Neville Carter. Actually, it was the other way round, what with Deans being an All Black in the Canterbury Country’(...)

 Peter O’Mahony steals  a lineout against England. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Highlight Has to be thumping England by four clear-eyed points. There were many winding subplots. In the warm-up Jamie Heaslip’s previously indestru(...)

Jordi Murphy: “We are just very lucky in Ireland to be blessed with quite a lot of depth in the backrow”

Robbie Deans rang Joe Schmidt seeking a flanker. Jordi Murphy grabbed his school socks and set off for Limerick to realise an increasingly difficult c(...)

New Zealand’s Sam Cane  runs away from Barbarians’ New Zealand fullback George Bridge to score a try during the  match  at Twickenham. Photograph: Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images

Barbarians 22 New Zealand 31 New Zealand provided a chilling insight into their future strength after coming from behind to dispatch the Barbarians 3(...)

Barbarians coach during a training session at Latymer Upper School. His side is not a team littered with big-name draws, rather youngsters. Photograph: Getty Images

It can be all too easy to laud New Zealand for their black magic, to marvel at their sorcery and wonder precisely what kind of deal they have made wit(...)

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