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Qantas Wallabies head coach Robbie Deans has announced this morning he is stepping down from the role effective immediately.
Deans has coached the national team in 74 Test matches. He was initially elevated to the job for the 2008 season.
The former All Black and most successful Super Rugby coach in history broke new ground when he became the first non-Australian to land the country’s most coveted coaching position.
His resignation follows the DHL Australia 2013 Lions Tour where a series deciding Test win for the tourists – at a sold out ANZ Stadium in Sydney on Saturday night – saw the Tom Richards Cup head to the UK and Ireland.
Deans advised Australian Rugby Union CEO Bill Pulver late yesterday of his decision to stand down.
“I wish to take this opportunity to thank everyone involved in Australian Rugby for their support through the duration of my tenure,” he said.
“It has been a rewarding five years and I am proud of all that we have achieved.
“Most especially I would like to thank the players for their efforts and wish them all the best going forward.”
Mr Pulver said Deans made a significant contribution to Australian Rugby over a long period of time.
“Robbie came into the job in 2008, improved our away record almost immediately, delivered a Tri Nations title in 2011, and has been a significant part of a Lions Tour that over shadows any other Rugby event in Australia since the 2003 Rugby World Cup.
“We wish him all the best in his future endeavours and to build further on what is one of world Rugby’s most impressive coaching resumes.
“As a consequence of a coaching review process that has been ongoing through 2013, we are also in a position to make a further announcement on the coaching position – and name Robbie's replacement – later today."
ARU will announce the new Qantas Wallabies coach at a Media Conference in Brisbane this afternoon.