Deans worried about his future as Wallabies coach

Australia coach Robbie Deans has admitted that he is unsure about the security
of his job after the Wallabies were humbled by the British and Irish Lions in
their series decider in Sydney.

Deans’ tenure is a constant topic of discussion in Australia despite his record
of winning almost 60% of his 74 Tests over a five year stint and he could be replaced before the Rugby Championship which starts next month.  

Speaking after the 16-41 third test defeat to the Lions Deans indicated the
decision about his future was out of his hands.

The Wallabies lost the series 1-2 to the Lions and Deans has been under pressure
for his position since Australia were knocked out of the Rugby World cup in
2011.

The bookies favourites to replace Deans are Reds Director of Rugby Ewen McKenzie
and Brumbies coach and former Springbok coach Jake White.

Asked about remaining as the Wallabies’ first foreign coach, the New Zealander
said: “You don’t presume anything in this industry. Those decisions are
made by others.”

What was framed as the Wallabies’ most important match since losing to England
in the 2003 World Cup final, at the same stadium, unravelled as the Lions won
their first series in 16 years.

Following the four tries to one hammering, Deans is still lacking a defining
moment as Wallaby coach, with his high point remaining the 2011 Tri Nations
triumph in the weeks before the World Cup in New Zealand.

But Wallabies’ skipper James Horwill gave short shrift to questions about Deans’s
future as coach.

“Robbie’s the coach. He’s contracted, he’s the coach. He’s a great coach
and now’s not the time to time to talk about it,” Horwill told a post-match
press conference.

“We’ll review everything at the end after this. Five minutes after I’ve
played a Test match is not the time to talk about coaching positions.”

Horwill added that he was devastated by the manner of the Wallabies’ defeat,
in which they conceded the most points of any of their losses to the Lions.

The first two Tests which were decided by just two points and one point respectively.

“Devastated. You don’t get another crack for 12 years and there’s maybe
one or two guys in that dressing room that will probably get, maybe, if they
decide to hang stay around, another crack,” he said.

“It’s a tough pill to swallow because we didn’t put our best out there.
No matter what happens when you walk off the field you want to know you’ve given
it your all, and tonight we didn’t play as well as we could have and that’s
the disappointing part.

“The Lions were very good and they deserved to win tonight, and after
two games that were very close it is disappointing we had a final scoreline
that looked like it did.”

Horwill had to survive two judicial hearings to play in the decider after he
was cited for an alleged stamping, and wept freely after last week’s 16-15 win
in Melbourne.

“It’s been a big two weeks. That’s what Lion tours are about. It’s up
there with the pinnacle of Test rugby,” he said.

“Ultimately, it’s the team that deals with the peaks and troughs the best
that ends up winning and they dealt with tonight better that we did.”

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