By Lee Stace
QUEENSLAND REDS coach Ewen McKenzie has to be the frontrunner to succeed Robbie Deans as Wallabies coach.
McKenzie has been spoken about as a possible successor before, but his stocks have risen considerably following the Reds’ inspired 19-6 victory over Stormers in Cape Town last weekend.
The former Wallabies prop made a staggering nine changes – I repeat, nine changes – to his side for that crunch match. It was bold stuff, and most thought he had gone bonkers.
But it proved to be a masterstroke. In test match-like conditions, the Reds thrived as they smashed the unbeaten Stormers into submission with some heavy-hitting defence.
The players may have done the job on the field, but it was McKenzie who devised the blueprint for success.
McKenzie has always been a capable coach. He was certainly the best the Waratahs have ever had, taking the Sydneysiders to two Super Rugby finals and a semifinal during his four years in charge.
And we’ve all seen how he has transformed the Reds from competition easy-beats to genuine title contenders during his two years with the team.
Given his track record so far, it will only be a matter of time before he is handed an international post.
What do you think? Will Ewen McKenzie be the next Wallabies coach?
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