Australia appoint Ewen McKenzie as new Wallabies head coach

Last Updated: 09/07/13 4:26pm

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Ewen McKenzie: New Australia coach

Ewen McKenzie: New Australia coach

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Ewen McKenzie has been appointed as Australia's new head coach following Robbie Deans' resignation.

Deans stepped down following the Wallabies' 2-1 series defeat against the British and Irish Lions and the Australian Rugby Union has now confirmed former prop McKenzie as his successor.

ARU chief executive Bill Pulver said: "Qantas Wallabies head coach Robbie Deans has announced this morning he is stepping down from the role effective immediately.

"I'm really pleased to be able to accept the job of Wallaby coach. I'm pretty proud right now, pretty privileged to be able to get that opportunity."
Ewen McKenzie

"Having established the necessary criteria, and spoken to the relevant people, we were convinced that Ewen was now the man to take the Qantas Wallabies forward.

"We have been conducting that due diligence over the last few months, taking into account broad criteria for coach selection.

Skills

"Consideration was given to leadership skills, discipline, coaching capability, coaching records, and important factors such as character, values and style of play.

"Therefore, we were well prepared depending on how the year unfolded.

"Robbie resigning in the wake of the Lions Tour did not catch us unprepared to move forward with a replacement.

"(McKenzie's) opportunity comes quickly, with the Castrol EDGE Rugby Championship and the opening match of that competition - the Bledisloe Cup showdown with the All Blacks on August 17."

McKenzie played in 51 Tests for Australia and was part of the World Cup-winning squad in 1991.

Pedigree

He was assistant coach to the national team, serving under Rod McQueen and then Eddie Jones in the early 2000s.

He then coached the Australia A team, whilst at club level he has led the Waratahs, Stade Francais and most recently, Queensland Reds, with whom he won the Super Rugby title in 2011.

McKenzie said: "I'm really pleased to be able to accept the job of Wallaby coach. I'm pretty proud right now, pretty privileged to be able to get that opportunity.

"Right here and now I've been asked to do a very specific job, that job starts in five weeks' time. There's no better coaching assignment than to pit yourself against the All Blacks.

"I've played and coached in a bunch of Bledisloe Cup games and to get another crack at the All Blacks is terrific. I'm really looking forward to the challenge of taking them on and from that, good things can flow."

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