Wallabies must stay with Deans: Poidevin

Ben Horne, NZ Newswire August 26, 2012, 8:15 pm

Australian rugby great Simon Poidevin says sacking Wallabies coach Robbie Deans mid-contract would be "ridiculous".

Deans is contracted until the end of 2013 but former Wallabies coach Alan Jones has been one notable critic calling for the ARU to make an immediate coaching change after New Zealand secured the Bledisloe Cup for a 10th succcessive year on Saturday.

Ewen McKenzie, long mooted as the likely replacement, is still contracted with Queensland.

The ARU denied there would be a review of Deans' position following the back-to-back losses to the world champion All Blacks.

A spokesperson told AAP on Sunday that while the ARU was disappointed at yet another lost chance to reclaim the Bledisloe, the Wallabies were only two matches into their Rugby Championship campaign.

Poidevin believed Deans deserved the right to see out his deal, with the only exception being if the man himself decided he'd run out of answers.

"Well you wouldn't make a change now, why would you make a change now, it's ridiculous," Poidevin told AAP.

"Robbie Deans is a very honest person and if he thinks he can't do the job he'll step aside.

"The last time I looked I think we were still ranked second in the world so that's reality.

"Robbie Deans isn't going to get replaced in the short term this year.

"It was very clear when he got his extension that getting the Bledisloe Cup back, winning a (Rugby Championship) doing well over 2012-13 was important. If that didn't happen he wouldn't go to the next World Cup."

Jones has claimed that Wallabies players are growing tired of the style of play Deans is coaching as they sit on the bottom of the Rugby Championship.

Australia's 1984 grand slam-winning mentor said the ARU must find a new man to coach the Wallabies because Deans "isn't up to it".

"You can't possibly stay with this structure. It's quite clear the way they're playing the game against the very best teams can't work ... it's total defence orientation, every time you get the ball you kick it away," Jones told Triple M's The Ruck.

"Here's an outstanding team with remarkable talent and if you talk to the players, but of course they can't talk, they'll tell you they are unhappy."

Poidevin agreed with Jones about the negative play, but argued that the Wallabies were injury-affected, up against a great All Blacks side and simply not a "golden era team" themselves.

"Australian rugby supporters find it particularly frustrating not bringing the Bledisloe Cup back to Australian shores but it's a tough thing to win," Poidevin said.

"Alan Jones was a remarkable coach who was blessed with, mainly through his own selection prowess, an extremely strong team.

"I don't think Australia are in a similar position right now ... I don't think it's all about style of game."

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  1. Russell12:55pm Tuesday 28th August 2012 ESTReport Abuse

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  4. Wharfie05:41pm Monday 27th August 2012 ESTReport Abuse

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  5. Kiwifruit01:14pm Monday 27th August 2012 ESTReport Abuse

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  6. Kiwifruit01:09pm Monday 27th August 2012 ESTReport Abuse

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  7. Kiwifruit01:03pm Monday 27th August 2012 ESTReport Abuse

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  8. Adrian12:42pm Monday 27th August 2012 ESTReport Abuse

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  9. Phillip10:08am Monday 27th August 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Wharfie I find your attitude to be a tad boorish, childish, uncouth and very uncivilize. If you wish to par take in a civilized manner then do so , other wise desist. You do your cause no good and it be littles you. All this behaviour of yours maakes one wonder if you actually par take in this filth that you go on about!!Remember Wharfie "civility costs nothing...."

  10. Phillip09:57am Monday 27th August 2012 ESTReport Abuse

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