Deans extends Wallabies contract

Thu, 14 Jul 09:25:00 2011

Australian Rugby Union chief executive John O'Neill has revealed Wallabies coach Robbie Deans has agreed terms on a new two-year deal, with formal confirmation expected within a fortnight.

- Deans re-signs

O'Neill stated the New Zealand-born coach will recommit to Australian rugby until the end of 2013 in the coming days.

"It's all on track, we haven't got a signed contract yet but we will get these two Test matches (against Samoa and South Africa) out of the way - they're back to back so he's busy and I'm busy," O'Neill said.

"It's been a pretty trouble-free negotiation and it's an extension through to the end of 2013."

While the decision to reappointment Deans before the Rugby World Cup will be the subject of much debate, O'Neill is adamant the five-Test All Black is still the best man for the job.

"I'm very relaxed about it and very happy to have certainty and I like the idea of no distractions," he said.

"It's a bit like saying to the players 'we don't want any distractions', Robbie doesn't want any distractions either.

"He and I have agreed in principle, the formality now is with the lawyers and he's just getting on with the job."

O'Neill believes Australia are timing their run to perfection just two months out from the code's showpiece event.

"I'm very excited, I think we are turning momentum into reality," he said, citing in particular the Reds' Super 15 title success at the weekend.

"The Super Rugby trophy is a big trophy, we've (Australia) only won it twice before with the Brumbies. Once you get the taste of success you want more so I think the Reds victory will add further impetus to that momentum.

"There's no easy games, I mean Samoa won't be easy and while there's been a lot of publicity about the Springboks, when I read their team on paper it's not shabby - and then we've got the All Blacks home and away. We targeted 2011 to be a turning point for Australian rugby and so far so good."

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