Irish Lions & Robbie Deans

Robert Maxwell Deans (born 4 September 1959 in Cheviot, New Zealand) is the current coach of the Wallabies and former All Black. 5.0/5

Irish Lions Robbie Deans Quade Cooper Kurtley Beale World Cup Jake White Israel Folau Etihad Stadium Michael Lynagh South Africa Ewen Mckenzie George Smith Canberra Stadium New Zealand Michael Hooper Stephen Moore Matt Toomua Benn Robinson Super Rugby

Australia! Improvements and lots of them for Australia after the November Tests as they return Down Under following a busy five months since the Lions series. The 2-1 defeat to the British and Irish Lions was of course a disappointment, with the decider seeing Robbie Deans' charges well beaten in Sydney. Change was always expected after that series and so it proved as Ewen Mckenzie got the job ahead of Jake White, who later left the country to return to South Africa for a role at the Sharks. McKenzie meanwhile would embark on a tough first Rugby Championship against two sides on top of the world. The All Blacks and Springboks were a cut above the Wallabies and Pumas as McKenzie's tenure got off to a disappointing start, winning just the two games against Argentina. They came under heavy criticism and in some respects played worse than they did against the Lions. Then came Bledisloe III. New Zealand were pushed hard in Dunedin as the Wallabies stepped up in class, with Matt Toomua in the middle of Quade Co ...
Robbie Deans believes the Wallabies have saved their best for last as they prepare for the deciding Test against the Lions.
WALLABY great Michael Lynagh respects Robbie Deans' decision to stick with James O'Connor at five-eighth, but he doesn't agree with it. The former Australian No.10 has followed the British and Irish Lions series closely and isn't sold on O'Connor, though admits the 22-year-old is showing signs of improving. "He's had three Tests now, this is going to be his third, so he's going to be better," Lynagh told The Daily Telegraph. "In the first Test I think you can excuse him for not playing so well because he was so disrupted by the injuries beside him. He ended up with a flanker playing beside him and you can't legislate for that. "The second Test I think he was like a lot of the others, a little bit hesitant and a bit nervous. But then when the chips were down and we really needed something, he provided that. "He made mistakes, but he'll learn from them and I think he'll be better off for having played two games in different circumstances. "You can't say he's Australia's best fly half, but according to Robbi ...
DEANS' FOCUS SOLELY ON LIONS CLASH Friday, 5 July 2013: The heat is on but under-fire Wallabies coach Robbie Deans says his focus is solely on Australia's series-deciding Test with the British and Irish Lions on Saturday night. Former Wallabies coach Eddie Jones on Thursday claimed off-field ill-discipline within the Test team's playing ranks was undermining Deans' tenure and placing his job in serious jeopardy. Jones believes the Brumbies' former World Cup-winning Springboks coach Jake White or Queensland Reds mentor Ewen Mckenzie are in line to succeed Deans, who is off contract at the end of the year. "There's continuing problems off the field of ill-discipline and I think that's something that needs to get sorted out and it's obviously not going to happen under Robbie's regime," Jones told ABC Grandstand. "The thing the Australian side is missing is not ability but probably the discipline and consistency of preparation. "I think if they get those two areas right for the World Cup in 2015, they're a gr ...
LIONS FEAR TRICKY WALLABY BACKS, LYNAGH Saturday, 29 June 2013: World Cup-winning five-eighth Michael Lynagh believes there have been sleepless nights in the British and Irish Lions camp worrying about the Wallabies' three-pronged playmaking threat at Etihad Stadium. Australia's former record-breaking pointscorer, Lynagh is confident Robbie Deans' men will take the huge three-Test series to a decider in Sydney next weekend after overcoming the backline carnage of their 23-21 first Test loss. Despite losing pivotal back Christian Lealiifano in the opening exchanges, as well as Pat McCabe and Berrick Barnes by the 46-minute mark, the home side would have stolen a win at the death with a successful Kurtley Beale penalty attempt at Suncorp Stadium. Lealiifano's recovery from a head knock allows the Wallabies to carry out their original plans of using the inside centre to pull the string in attack. With five-eighth James O'Connor, who struggled in his second Test start at No.10, and fullback Kurtley Beale also ...
James O'Connor has held on to the Wallabies No.10 jersey for the second Test against the British and Irish Lions, with coach Robbie Deans making only two injury-enforced changes to the starting XV from Brisbane.
Australia coach Robbie Deans insists his side will be "hit the ground running" against the British and Irish Lions: htt…
Israel Folau's stunning rise in his third code is complete, with Wallabies coach Robbie Deans naming the Waratahs fullback on the right wing to face the British and Irish Lions on Saturday.
White's Brumbies show the way Canberra - The Brumbies' stunning upset of a second-string British and Irish Lions team in Canberra on Tuesday should give heart to Australia that they can beat the tourists in the three-match series, according to coach Jake White. White, who coached South Africa to their 2007 World Cup triumph, rated his side's 14-12 victory over the Lions at Canberra Stadium among the finest of his career, and said the result should erase any doubts among Robbie Deans's Wallabies ahead of Saturday's first Test in Brisbane. "I would have said to you yesterday that it would have made no difference whether or not we won or lost," White told reporters. "I think that the Lions know what's coming and they know what the expectation is. "But looking now, I've no doubt that the boys sitting in the Wallabies camp would have looked at that result and looked at the performance of some of those young boys and said, 'Listen, it's do-able now'. "I would say now, looking at that performance ... maybe a cou ...
Sunday night sports wrap * NRL The Melbourne Storm have belted Cronulla 38-6, in other games The Warriors made it three straight with an 18-16 home upset of Manly, while the gutsy Tigers beat the Panthers 20-18. * AFL West Coast left it late to secure a vital four-point win over St Kilda at Docklands to keep its finals hopes alive. The Eagles kicked a goal in the final two minutes to seal a 12.12 (84) to 11.14 (80). * Rugby New South Wales heads into the break on a high note after handing Western Force a 28-13 defeat in Perth. Wallabies coach Robbie Deans has confirmed that playmaker Quade Cooper will not be one of the six additions to his squad for the Test series against the British and Irish Lions. *Queensland Firebirds have moved into second spot in the trans-Tasman netball league with a 72-47 win over West Coast Fever in Perth. While the Southern Steel leapfrogged back into fifth place on the ladder with a comfortable 79-62 victory over Canterbury Tactix in Dunedin. *Boomers centre Luke Nevill led th ...
Kiwi coaches Robbie Deans and Warren Gatland face contrasting pressures ahead of the British and Irish Lions' visit to Australia.
Rugby: Deans talks up Lions' chances: Australia coach Robbie Deans expects the British and Irish Lions to have a...
Email not display correctly? View it in your browser AUSSIE CAPTAINCY JINX NO JOKE FOR DEANS They are calling it the ‘curse of the captaincy’ in Australia as Wallabies coach Robbie Deans faces up to life without yet another captain. Having seen regular skipper James Horwill ruled out for the rest of the season from June with a hamstring tear, and then his replacement David Pocock wreck his knee against Wales, Deans lost Will Genia for six months or more during last weekend’s win over the Springboks. read full story » FOUR TIMES A LION? Ronan O'Gara has admitted he still dreams about being a British & Irish Lion. So can the great man of Munster perform well enough this season to make it onto a fourth tour? There is obviously something special in the water in Ireland because both O’Gara and O’Driscoll are bidding for a fourth trip. Only two players have achieved that before, both of them Irish. Willie John McBride went on five tours (1962, 1966, 1968, 1971 and 1974) and Mike Gibson also made five ...
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