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Ewen McKenzie to coach Wallabies, Deans sacked

Wallabies coach Robbie Deans speaks to the media. (AAP Image/Dean Lewins)
8th July, 2013
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BREAKING: Wallabies coach Robbie Deans has today been told by Australian Rugby Union chief executive Bill Pulver that his two-year contract will be terminated six months early, with Ewen McKenzie set to coach the Australian side.

McKenzie will be announced as early as tomorrow as coach, ahead of the Rugby Championship and Bledisloe Cup later in the year.

The Roar understands McKenzie will take the Wallabies to the 2015 Rugby World Cup as the team regroups from the demolition at the hands of the Lions on Saturday night.

Earlier, Deans’ assistant Tony McGahan was appointed as head coach of the Melbourne Rebels, in a further sign that the Wallabies coaching staff and ARU officials are being shaken up across the board.

Deans has been the most capped Wallabies coach ever, reaching the record against France last November during the Spring Tour.

The move is expected to result in key changes to the current Wallabies squad, with McKenzie having a good working relationship with Reds players, including Quade Cooper.

Brumbies coach Jake White was also in line for the position, and was considered to be a strong favourite for the role some weeks ago.

More to follow.