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Pressure is mounting on Australia coach Robbie Deans following back-to-back defeats against New Zealand, and several prominent rugby journalists already believe he has out-stayed his welcome.

Pressure is mounting on Australia coach Robbie Deans following back-to-back defeats against New Zealand, and several prominent rugby journalists already believe he has out-stayed his welcome.

The 22-0 defeat to All Blacks at the weekend has left a sour taste in the mouth of several writers, and not to mention the fans, who have seen their beloved Wallabies endure 14 defeats in the last 17 clashes between the two teams.

Deans’ only hope of saving his job is if he can guide the team to success, or at least one
or two morale-restoring performances in the rugby union championship.

Next up for Australia is South Africa, who are keen to overcome some disappointment of their own after falling to a surprise draw with Argentina.

Deans probably doesn’t need to lead his side to the Rugby Championship title, but he does need to offer supporters hope that brighter days are ahead.

For the last five years, New Zealand have dominated the international game and that fact will sit heavy on the shoulders of their Gold and Green neighbours.

If Deans can lead the team to improved performances in the coming weeks then it will help to relieve some of the pressure on him, although there are some observers who believe the 52-year-old Cheviot native is already on borrowed time.

"Deans is rapidly running out of time after latest Kiwi debacle," was the verdict delivered
by the Sydney Morning Herald.

But the man himself is bullish about his prospects for the immediate future.

“We haven’t achieved what we wanted to achieve in recent months, but the future is still bright. I firmly believe that. The pressure is mounting on the whole squad, but we’re equipped to deal with that.”

Australia return to championship rugby action on September 8
, when they welcome South Africa to Perth.

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3 . coopz 08 Sep 2012 06:53 PM
Deans is a world class coach but has just had a horror run with Australia
But if he had a record like that and was the coach of the all blacks he probably would have got the boot along time ago... I think Aussie rugby has been gettn weaker... Or maybe it's just inconsistency it's either really good and no team would have a show or it's a shocker and Japan could prob beat them... Oh well good luck to Robbie hope he piks them up

2 . ET1979 06 Sep 2012 04:52 PM
Unfortunately for Aus at the moment our depth and quality of talent comparable to NZ is just insufficient and regardless of who is coach the results against NZ are sadly predictable. A quick look a the Aus players performances in the 2012 super rugby season (injuries aside) is enough to signal that we have a way to go before we have the talent to match. Perhaps another raid on the vast stocks of the NRL our largest talent drain could bring us a few players and the size and muscle we need in the backs? as to where we are going to get the forwards....

While many point to Ewen Mckenzie as a possible replacement they are in my opinion to quick to substitute Mackenzie's singular achievement with the Reds last year for Deans historic track record in Super Rugby. They also forget McKenzie's struggle with the Waratah's which is reminiscent what Deans now faces with Australia always coming second yet we expect a different result if he coaches Australia despite his failure to even come close to last years success tis time around?.

Deans failure to bring consistency tot he side is perhaps his biggest failure e.g. watch the number 10 position get swapped around between 2 very different players... although the problems are obviously starting further up front. Barnes deserves his spot after the Wales tests and until our forwards can get it together a player like cooper will continue to be risky and ineffective option.



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1 . deep 30 Aug 2012 09:24 AM
It's a conundrum! Oz sit ranked second in the world, yet Dean's gets knocked as a failure. They won last year's Trinations and came 3rd in the 2011 RWC. But they also fairly recently got beaten by Samoa and Scotland, and can't get a look-in against NZ.

Deans is no longer in his local town, no longer in his local culture and like minded people. He struggled with this issue when assisting Mitchell as the AB's coach - heck they resorted to picking the Canterbury team as the AB's due to their lack of ability to bring together all of the county's finest talents.

He hasn't always been able to deal with outspoken personalities in the Australian environment either. Matt Giteau should have been part of the mix for much longer, and guys like Beale seem to be struggling with discipline. Compare with the likes of Henry and Wayne Smith who somehow manage to always find a way to get the best out of everyone - just look at SBW, a guy who could easily have fallen out of favour but instead was given an environment that saw him flourish.

Deans is a damn good coach, there's no doubt about that, but he's not infallible. His primary weaknesses is now being exposed, which is his difficulty with fitting into foreign environments. He is fast reaching the crossroad - either he will either finish creating an environment that suits him, or he won't get there and will be shown the door. Personally I think it's more likely the latter, but equally will never write him off.

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