McKenzie’s the man

Reds Director of Rugby Ewen McKenzie is the new Wallabies coach.

McKenzie, according to the Sydney Morning Herald newspaper, will be confirmed as replacement to Robbie Deans at an official press conference in Australia on Tuesday.

Brumbies coach and former Springbok World Cup-winning coach Jake White was the favourite to replace Deans, but the Board has opted instead to revert to an Australian as head coach.

There has been a fallout because of the appointment of a New Zealander in Deans and the appointment of a South African after the failure of Deans was what counted against White, who ticked every box successfully but the country of birth.

McKenzie, a former Wallabies World Cup winner, guided the Reds to a first ever Super Rugby trophy.

McKenzie’s first Test in charge will be against the All Blacks in Sydney.

Deans has been linked to a Director of Rugby role at the Rebels.

Deans coached Australia in 74 Tests, which is the most ever in Australian Rugby history.

He won 43 Tests, drew 2 and lost 29.

He had an overall winning percentage of 58 but mainly because of his inability to beat the All Blacks, the team he played for and the team he coached between 2000 and 2003.

He lost 15 of the 18 Tests v NZ, culminating in a 20-6 hammering at the 2011 RWC semi-final in Auckland. The winning percentage is 16.6.

He won 71.4 winning percentage against all the other nations and enjoyed success v Wales (8/9), France (5/6), England (4/6) and South Africa (9/14).

However, his tenure will be remembered for the thrashing in the third and final Test v the Lions in Sydney, the World Cup semi-final exit, his failure to win the Bledisloe Cup v New Zealand in five seasons and the home defeats against Samoa and Scotland, as well as an away defeat to Scotland.

He was the first coach to guide the Wallabies to victory in South Africa at the highveldt and has the most successful record of any Australian coach in South Africa.