Campese lets rip at Deans

2011-11-23 14:29

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.


  • Peter - 2011-11-23 14:58

    Here come the conspiracy theorists..... They will be saying that Robbie Dean, being a Kiwi, intentionally threw those games to help the ABs win.

      Penny-wise - 2011-11-23 15:35

      That would be true if Deans was actually playing on the field and was in a position to 'throw' the game. I can't agree with your comment, doesn't make sense.

  • Johan - 2011-11-23 15:31

    Stem saam!

  • Heiku - 2011-11-23 16:32

    For the next 4 years (Probably forever) i'll back anyone having a go at a new zealander. Go Campese!

  • Heiku - 2011-11-23 16:40

    For the next 4 years (Probably forever) i'll back anyone having a go at a new zealander. Go Campese!

  • Walter - 2011-11-23 17:34

    And this is all the reason why we should have an SA Coach - One that has been through the system! think of any one? Heyneke, Nick, Rassie, Allistair. Forget about a foreign coach please. If we can appoint a foreign coach due to the professionalism of our era, we can start playing non SA stars in the BOK team. That is not what it is about. RSA people representing RSA. Nothing else. Imagine a KIWI had to win us the RWC. That's degrading. Rather stay without it for 24 years then.

      Manus - 2011-11-23 18:53

      Don't you think that we need somebody who can think outside the box, Walter? Quite frankly, I do not think that any of the coaches you mentioned will bring anything new to the team - although, of course, I might be wrong. I must say, I'd like to see a Bok team playing the kind of rugby we saw from the Lions during the latter part of the Currie Cup. Could you please explain the logic of "imagine a KIWI had to win us the RWC. That's degrading." I should think that appointing a South African coach, when there is a more competent foreigner, would maybe show disrespect towards the best players in the country - and THAT could be termed degrading. Patriotism is good, sometimes, but mostly it is the last refuge of a scoundrel, as the saying goes.

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