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Peter Bills: Deans in battle for Aussie future

Peter Bills

Published 22/07/2010 | 05:00

Robbie Deans. Photo: Getty Images
Robbie Deans. Photo: Getty Images

He must wish now that he had never said them. Just two little words -- but will they come back to haunt Robbie Deans and ultimately condemn to failure his Australian coaching tenure?

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They were uttered by Deans in September 2009 to describe his Australian team following their 33-6 Tri Nations defeat by the All Blacks in Wellington and remain a painful sore that just won't heal.

Deans accused his players of "rolling over," the worst sin an Australian sportsman can commit.

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