Deans given World Cup backing
January 25, 2010
Robbie Deans has been backed for the Rugby World Cup © Getty Images
Robbie Deans has been backed to lead Australia through to the 2011 Rugby World Cup by the Australian Rugby Union (ARU).
Deans, Super Rugby's most successful coach with the Crusaders, took the reins in 2008 and has endured mixed results in his two seasons. Nevertheless, ARU chief John O'Neill has confirmed that they will give Deans time to continue to develop his young squad.
Players such as Reds scrum-half Will Genia, Force flanker David Pocock and fullback James O'Connor have come through the ranks under Deans and are beginning to establish themselves at international level.
"The board were very comfortable and confirmed Robbie in his position through to the World Cup in 2011," O'Neill told AAP as the Wallabies launched a new jersey.
O'Neill also confirmed that there would be no changes to the backroom staff, but did say that former Brumbies coach and current ARU high performance manager David Nucifora would be available to assist Jim Williams at the lineout and breakdown.
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