Rugby Coaching Profile: Robbie Deans


Born: 4 September 1959
Teams Coached: Canterbury NPC, Canterbury Super and The Wallabies
Current Job: The Wallabies Head Coach

Robbie Deans is the most successful Super Rugby coach, coaching his Crusaders team to 5 tournament wins, more than any other coach. He was also successful as a provincial coach, coaching the Canterbury provincial team to a win in 1997. Deans, was assistant Coach to John Mitchell in 2001, and was also a All Black player himself, representing New Zealand on 19 occasions.

The Wallabies

The highest profile job Deans has taken is the head coaching rule for The Wallabies. Deans was unsuccessful and achieving the head coach role for the All Blacks and a highly public battle with Graham Henry. Henry’s reappointment was more to to with the NZRFU trying to be consistent, rather than Deans not being appropriate for the job, however, Deans headed to Australia. His first Tri Nations in charge was moderately successful, beating the All Blacks in their first match, and finishing 2nd.

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