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Australia head coach Robbie Dean. Picture: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE

Australia head coach Robbie Dean. Picture: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE

Australia head coach Robbie Dean. Picture: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE

ROBBIE DEANS has been sacked as Australia head coach following the Wallabies' Test series defeat to the Lions, according to reports in the Australian press.

Ewen McKenzie, the former Test prop who guided the Queensland Reds to the Super Rugby title in 2011, will reportedly be unveiled as the Wallabies coach tomorrow.

Deans (pictured) is said to have been released from his contract six months early following a meeting with Australian Rugby Union chief executive Bill Pulver.

The Lions' record 41-16 victory over the Wallabies in Sydney on Saturday, which secured the tourists a 2-1 Test series triumph, appears to have sealed Deans' fate.

The New Zealander took over as Australia head coach after the 2007 Rugby World Cup. He led the Wallabies to third place in the 2011 tournament and to the Tri-Nations title in 2011.

But he never delivered the Bledisloe Cup – the trophy presented for series between the Wallabies and New Zealand.

McKenzie, 48, was linked with the Ireland post before it was filled by Joe Schmidt.

The Wallabies' next match is against New Zealand on August 17 in the Rugby Championship.


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