Campese slates Deans
24 Nov 2011
David Campese believes Robbie Deans should be fired after a poor record as Wallabies head coach.
Deans was previously criticized by former Wallabies greats Nick Farr-Jones and Mark Ella, now former wing Campese has come out to slam the Kiwi coach. Campese said Deans has had a negative effect on the Wallabies’ backline play and believes Ewen McKenzie will be a stronger candidate to coach the Aussies.
‘Deans has the worst record of any Australian coach yet he’s still there,’ Campese told stuff.co.nz. ‘He shouldn’t be there. He was with the Kiwis in 2003 and the Wallabies in 2010 and he got nowhere both times. What’s wrong with McKenzie? He’s an Australian, he’s been through the system, he’s been overseas.
‘I can’t believe Deans hasn’t been asked to explain what happened to our backline,’ Campese continued. ‘His backline [selections] were disgusting. The Irish game [at the World Cup] was just brainless. We can’t even pass the ball. Digby Ioane gets the ball once and almost scores and then doesn’t see it for 80 minutes.
‘Doesn’t anybody realise we’re not getting the ball out to the wingers? We had guys in the centres in the World Cup who couldn’t even pass the ball and two finishers who never got the ball.’
Campese added that Deans’ job was safe because he was appointed by ARU CEO John O’Neill.