Robbie Deans not interested to take Wallabies coaching role

Australia were eliminated from the World Cup in the opening round
Australia were eliminated from the World Cup in the opening round
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Robbie Deans, the longest-serving Wallabies coach in Australia's history, has ruled himself out as a potential replacement for outgoing head coach Eddie Jones.

Jones resigned from his second stint as Wallabies head coach just after 10 months since he was appointed after they became the first Australian side to be eliminated from the opening round of the Rugby World Cup.

His decision to drop Michael Hooper, Quade Cooper and Bernard Foley sparked a lot of criticisms which eventually led to his exit and the Rugby Australia is now eyeing for a suitable candidate to replace him.

Deans, who coached Australia in 75 Tests between 2008 and 2013 said he is not interested in returning to Wallabies for a second stint replacing Jones and urged the board to look forward for options.

“No, you don’t go back. It’s never good to go back, I don’t think,” Deans said.

“You have everything you need here, you’ll solve it. There’s a lot of passionate rugby people – just tap into those who care and you’ll find a way through.

“I’m not passing judgment on any decisions anyone else made; it’s obviously a chapter that’s closed – which is probably a good thing. I think there’s been enough said about that, Elvis has left the building.

“They can, and they will (recover), they’ve got a great era coming in the game here, and as we’ll see (on Saturday) you’ve got players who want to be part of it.

“That’s what you feed off. Don’t worry about the past – that chapter is closed, which is probably a good thing.”