Rugby

Campese lets rip at Deans

2011-11-23 14:29
David Campese (File)
Sydney - Outspoken former Wallabies great David Campese has ripped into national coach Robbie Deans, branding the New Zealander's Rugby World Cup tactics "brainless" and calling for Ewen McKenzie to replace him.

According to Australia's ninemsn website, Campese, who was highly critical of Wallaby No 10 Quade Cooper's game tactics during last month's World Cup in New Zealand, claimed Deans had got off lightly after Australia's semi-final loss to the All Blacks.

"I can't believe Deans hasn't been asked to explain what happened to our backline," Campese told the Australian Associated Press (AAP).

"His backline (selections) were disgusting.

"Digby Ioane gets the ball once and almost scores and then doesn't see it for 80 minutes."

Deans's selections came under fire from other former Wallaby greats including Nick Farr-Jones and Mark Ella.

Amid a string of contentious calls, Deans copped most flak for playing the inexperienced Pat McCabe at inside centre, outside besieged playmaker Cooper, instead of choosing the more creative Berrick Barnes or Cooper's Reds team-mate Anthony Faingaa.

A free-spirited wing who scored 315 points for the Wallabies, Campese said James O'Connor wanted to move close to the action and play No 10.

"Doesn't anybody realise we're not getting the ball out to the wings?" said Campese.

Campese said Deans's position was safe because he was appointed by ARU chief executive John O'Neill.

"He's got the worst record of any Australian coach yet he's still there.

"He shouldn't be there. He was with the Kiwis in 2003 and the Wallabies in 2010 and he got nowhere both times.

"What's wrong with McKenzie?

"He's an Australian, he's been through the system, he's been overseas.

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