Losing Deans would be a major Blow: Riach

Canterbury rugby is said to be concerned about possible disruptions if Robbie Deans is appointed as the Wallabies new coach.


Crusaders rugby CEO Hamish Riach is concerned about the disruption of losing Robbie Deans after the NZRU hinted that he may face a ban if he was appointed.


Deans had hoped to become All Blacks coach and after he was turned down he applied for the Wallaby job.


Deans may not be allowed to continue as the Crusaders coach if he is appointed to the Wallabies top job later this week.

Deans says that he wants to continue as Crusaders coach as the Wallaby season only starts once the 2008 Super 14 season finishes.

Riach says finding a new coach at this point could prove a major blow to season preparations and he says the team is already training, so the campaign has effectively started.

Robbie Deans’ Super 14 future will be discussed at the NZRU board meeting tomorrow.



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