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Deans unaware of milestone

2011-09-15 11:03

Auckland - It caught Robbie Deans unaware but Saturday's key World Cup match with Ireland will be his 50th as Wallaby coach.

Australian rugby's first foreign coach has rebuilt the Wallabies into Tri-Nations champions and world rugby's second-ranked team behind the All Blacks, with an improving chance of reaching the World Cup final on October 23.

"It's great. I wasn't actually aware of it until it was pointed out to me," Deans said on Thursday. "That's the nature of this game, you just keep going and it's great to be in the game at this level.

"It's a privilege that I certainly don't take for granted and I am enjoying it and looking forward to Saturday."

New Zealander Deans, 52, who was appointed in 2008, will become the third coach to preside over the Wallabies for 50 Tests.

Bob Dwyer, the 1991 World Cup-winning mentor, ran the Wallabies for 67 Tests in two stints, while Eddie Jones was in charge for 57 Tests.

Deans took up the position midway through 2008 having just won his fifth Super Rugby title with the Canterbury Crusaders.

He inherited a Wallabies side in turmoil following their shock quarter-final exit against England at the 2007 World Cup in Marseille with Australia’s world ranking dipping to an all-time low of five.

Deans's Test record currently stands at 28 wins, 20 losses and one draw.

Of the 49 Tests, 25 were against southern hemisphere rivals, New Zealand and South Africa, recording 10 wins and 15 losses.

AFP

Comments
  • BlueRaven - 2011-09-15 11:27

    What a great coach! Hats of to him.

  • Greegs - 2011-09-15 12:08

    Imagine if SA had him as coach? We'd be unbeatable....... here's to Jon Mitchell getting the Bok job!

      Charlie the man - 2011-09-15 12:46

      Agree fully

      nixcroft - 2011-09-15 14:18

      no John Mitchell cannot become SA coach...what about my lions ? :)

  • leonard.w.gray - 2011-09-15 12:47

    ewen mkenzie (coach of the reds) is the reason why the wallabies are brilliant, he is the best coach in the world and ex tight head wallaby prop, deans just inherited a potent team that mkenzie built.

      marthinus.muller - 2011-09-15 14:38

      i dont agree with you leonard,deans is my coach,look at the man's track record,it's speak for its self.he build the saders team to be the best and won it five years which is a record my friend,and if you look and mkenzie ,when did he start with coaching a proper side,when only now a year ago.just remember im a bok supporter but i have great respect for deans as a person ,a coach and he is a man on a role in nz his land of birth

      kosie - 2011-09-15 14:43

      Ok,then the all blacks were that good back then, because they inherited a team that robbie deans built with the crusaders and his 5 superrugby titles.

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