Robbie Deans Steps Down as Coach of Wallabies

New Zealander Robbie Deans has stepped down as couch of the Wallabies, following the 41-16 series-deciding loss to the British and Irish Lions. The former All Black broke new ground when he was appointed as the first non-Australian coach of the team, mentoring the Australia national team for a record 74 Tests since 2008. In statement released by the Australian Rugby Union announcing the decision, Dean’s said, “I wish to take this opportunity to thank everyone involved in Australian rugby for their support through the duration of my tenure, it has been a rewarding five years and I am proud of all that we have achieved. Most especially I would like to thank the players for their efforts and wish them all the best going forward.” Speaking in praise of Dean’s, Australian Rugby Union chief executive Bill Pulver said, “Robbie came into the job in 2008, improved our away record almost immediately, delivered a Tri-Nations title in 2011, and has been a significant part of a Lions tour that overshadows any other rugby event in Australia since the 2003 Rugby World Cup. We wish him all the best in his future endeavours and to build further on what is one of world Rugby’s most impressive coaching resumes.” Dean played for the All Black from 1983 to 1985 before stepping into coaching.


Tags: Robbie Deans  Sydney Morning Herald (The)  Wallabies  

Bazball Revolution Could Change Test Cricket

Bazball Revolution Could Change Test Cricket

The England cricket team’s recent “fast and fearless”, and “wonderful”, approach to the game has been dubbed “Bazball”, after a nickname for England’s new coach, New Zealander Brendon McCullum who was…