Forgot Password

 

Register

 

Create your Connect ID

This will allow you to login to all DStv websites & applications




or
Login using
x

Email Reset

 




Loading...
Loading Live Scoring...
*All times CAT (GMT+2)

Rugby | British Lions

Robbie Deans © Gallo Images

Deans gets backing for Lions tour



Embattled Wallabies coach Robbie Deans looks likely to keep his job and be in charge for the British and Irish Lions tour next year after rugby chiefs said there was "very little chance" of change.

Deans has been under pressure since Australia's poor Rugby Championship campaign this year, although a European tour that saw them beat England, Italy and Wales handed him breathing space.

The media have blasted his tactics, which saw the team end the year averaging just one try per test, but Australian Rugby Union chairman Michael Hawker defended Deans's performance.

Hawker admitted he was concerned by the lack of tries "but we have been missing some of our most spectacular running backs", he told The Australian.

"Having Quade Cooper and Will Genia and James O'Connor, all international-quality players, out of our backline does make a difference, just as New Zealand without Dan Carter and Richie McCaw would lose something."

Deans, who has been coach since 2008, still has to undergo an end-of-year review by the board, which includes former greats John Eales, George Gregan and Brett Robinson, but Hawker suggested his job was safe.

"There is no view to moving the incumbent on until there is reason to," Hawker told the newspaper. "There is very little chance of a change."

The Wallabies face the Lions in three tests at home next year, starting in Brisbane on June 22, followed by Melbourne (June 29) and Sydney (July 6).

Shop

SA rugby Annual 2014
The 2014 SA Rugby Annual is the official record of the South African season and is widely considered to be one of the finest yearbooks in world rugby
R175.00
Victor - My Journey
As the most capped Springbok ever, Victor Matfield is a national hero who transcends rugby provincialism and has fans across the world
R198.44
The Poisoned Chalice
The Springboks have had several post-isolation coaches, and if they agree on nothing else, they will concur that everyone in the job suffers enormous pressure
R157.00
Coach - Marco Botha
At 34, Heyneke Meyer was fired as head coach of a Super Rugby team for the second time
R110.00


Comments

More expert analysis and opinion from Sport24
The opinions expressed by Sport24 experts and bloggers are theirs alone, and do not necessarily represent those of SuperSport

Live Video Streaming

Spanish Super Cup - 2nd Leg: Atletico Madrid v Real Madrid
Fri, 22 Aug @ 05:00
Sat, 23 Aug @ 03:00
Sat, 23 Aug @ 06:30

Latest Video Highlights

Sports Talk



Brendan Venter
The architects of anti-rugby
While the atrocious weather conditions played a significant role in a low-scoring affair at Loftus...

Tony Johnson
Damp start to the Rugby Championship
I’m not sure I can remember a game from South Africa in which it rained so heavily. We get a fair...

Gavin Rich
The blight that just gets worse
The one good thing about the way the Springboks had to labour to their win over Argentina is that...

Brenden Nel
Time for Sevens to up the ante
Sunday night’s amazing Commonwealth Games win by the South African Sevens team has only served to...