Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Robbie Deans not taking Argentina lightly

Wallaby´s Coach Robbie Deans

Australian international coach, Robbie Deans is expecting Argentina to bring a new dimension to The Rugby Championship. The different style of play that Los Pumas bring to the table is largely an unknown quantity given the share lack of international matches between Argentina and the three SANZAR member countries. Despite playing against New Zealand and South Africa two, or three times a year every year since 1996, Australia last played Argentina at Rugby World Cup 2003. Back then, Robbie Deans was an assistant coach to John Mitchell who was in charge of the All Blacks. During his time as assistant All Blacks coach, Robbie Deans had one match against Argentina - in December 2001. New Zealand scored an injury time try to win the macth 24-20. A result that, no doubt, is still in Deans´ thoughts.

The former Crusaders coach has had mixed success with the Wallabies as the side have achieved some great wins but have also, on occassion, failed to deliver. Australia recovered from an unlikely loss to Ireland at Rugby World Cup 2011 but recovered to finish third. Deans will need to have a big year in order to convince Australian rugby authorities that he is the man for the job as the Wallabies have a big season approaching in 2013 with the British and Irish Lions visiting. If he is to lead the Australian side into the 2013 season he will  need to succeed in the debut season of The Rugby Championship. 

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