I will give 100% : Deans

Canterbury Crusaders coach Robbie Deans says he is willing to walk away from the Super 14 side to coach the Wallabies.


Deans was interviewed by an Australian Rugby Union panel in Brisbane last night for the vacant Wallabies head coaching position.


The successful candidate is expected to be announced later this week on Friday and Deans says that he has served his apprenticeship and is ready to coach internationally.


“It’s evident I applied for the All Black role, everyone is aware of that but I want to coach at the international level,” Deans told Sportal.


“I believe I’ve done my apprenticeship, an 11-year apprenticeship which includes time at this level and as I alluded to before the game is about the game and the people within it and I’m hugely passionate about the game.”


“I see a great opportunity here and I’d give it 100 per cent as I always do.”


Deans has been given support from many Australians and has been criticised by as many Australians who say that the job should go to an Australian


Deans however says that he isn’t concerned by doubts over his passion for the role, adding the interview had been a ‘thorough’ discussion.


“In an ironic way, I probably have as many connections here as I have at home, I’ve been in SANZAR rugby for 11 years now so that’s not an issue (passion),” he said.


“The questions were very thorough, they were pretty deep, they got below the surface in terms of myself and also in terms of the game, yeah the process was good.”


“You’re never confident, you just give it your best shot and you hope you hit the mark but I guess time will tell.”


Deans also spoke about the threatened ‘blackban’ by the NZRU if he did accept the position and said that it was a moot point until a formal offer had been made by the Australian board.


“There are some legal parameters that will have to be resolved before we’ve got total clarity but most importantly the organisation needs to commit to wanting me first and foremost before any of that becomes an issue,” he said.


Other contenders for the job are Auckland coach David Nucifora, New South Wales mentor Ewen McKenzie and Alan Jones.

 

Rugbyweek.com

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