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Louden lauds former Tahs boss
Former Waratahs backs coach Todd Louden says that the Waratahs would easily win this year’s Super 14 competition if Ewen McKenzie was still coach of the team.
Louden, who was also backs coach for the Bulls when they won the competition in 2007, heaped praise on Mckenzie who was sacked by the Tahs last year.
‘He [McKenzie] is a smart coach who promoted a lot of young players into the backline last season,’ Louden told Australian sports website theroar.com.au. ‘He has a wealth of Super 14 experience and, I dare say, given the standard of the competition this season, the Waratahs would have won it easily with Ewen in charge.’
McKenzie was let go by the Waratahs last year despite taking the franchise to the final where they lost to the Crusaders, coached by Wallabies mentor Robbie Deans, 20-12 in Christchurch.
He was replaced by Chris Hickey after the NSW Rugby Union decided they wanted the team to play a more attractive brand of rugby. The Waratahs are currently in sixth place in the Super 14 and are in danger of missing the finals following successive home losses to the Bulls and Western Force.
In the five seasons that McKenzie was in charge the Waratahs made the finals on three occasions.
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