ARU dismiss Deans exit rumours
August 30, 2012
Wallabies boss Robbie Deans appears safe in his job for now © Getty Images
The Australian Rugby Union (ARU) has rubbished reports that under-fire Wallabies coach Robbie Deans is set to quit.
Speculation has been rife that the New Zealand-born Deans was poised to step down in the wake of his side's 22-0 defeat to the All Blacks in their Rugby Championship clash in Auckland last weekend. There were widespread suggestions that the 52-year-old was in line to take over Sydney-based Super Rugby side the Waratahs while others hinted that he had put pen to paper with an ITM Cup side in New Zealand.
But the ARU has now moved to bring an end to the rumours by insisting that Deans is going nowhere. "There is no substance to the rumour about Robbie Deans standing down to take up a job in New Zealand," an ARU representative said.
A source close to the Wallabies coach underlined his commitment by telling the Sydney Morning Herald, ''Why would he leave the No.2 side in the world to coach NPC? He wouldn't.''
The Wallabies have won just three of 17 games against the All Blacks since Deans' tenure began in 2008 but his side have accounted for three of the ten defeats the current world champions have suffered in that time.
And All Blacks coach Steve Hansen defended his rival when asked about his situation yesterday. "I've spent a lot of time coaching with him, he's not a bad coach. Any team that gets his services are going to benefit from it.
"They're still the number two side in the world. He's copping a lot of flak for losing to us, rather than people looking at the bigger picture."
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