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Rugby World Cup 2011

Campese rips into Deans

Campese rips into Deans

WALLABIES GREAT David Campese has slammed Robbie Deans and has called for Ewen McKenzie to replace him as Australian coach.

He labelled the New Zealander’s Rugby World Cup tactics against Ireland as “brainless”, his backline selections at the tournament as “disgusting” and feels he got off lightly following the semifinal loss to the All Blacks.

Deans has copped much criticism for selecting the inexperienced Pat McCabe outside the out-of-sorts Quade Cooper instead of opting for the classy and more creative Berrick Barnes.

“I can't believe Deans hasn't been asked to explain what happened to our backline," says Campese.

“His backline [selections] were disgusting. The Irish game was just brainless. We can't even pass the ball. Digby Ioane gets the ball once and almost scores and then doesn't see it for 80 minutes.

“Doesn't anybody realise we're not getting the ball out to the wingers?” he asked.

“We had guys in the centres in the World Cup who couldn't even pass the ball and two finishers (Ioane and James O’Connor) who never got the ball.”

Deans will coach Australia until the end of 2013 after earlier this year re-signing with the Australian Rugby Union.

But Campese is calling for McKenzie, who transformed the Queensland Reds from easybeats to Super Rugby champions in two years, to be installed as Wallabies coach.

“[Dean’s] got the worst record of any Australian coach yet he's still there.

“He shouldn't be there. He was with the Kiwis in 2003 and the Wallabies in 2011 and he got nowhere both times. What's wrong with McKenzie? He's an Australian, he's been through the system, he's been overseas.”

Click here to read Lee Stace's take on Campese's comments.

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