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Ewen McKenzie (left) and Bill Pulver [url=]Catfish Hunter Jersey[/url] , Australian Rugby Union CEO, are at a news conference to announce McKenzie's appointment as the Wallabies coach in Brisbane on Tuesday. (Photo: Agencies)

Ewen McKenzie was named new coach of the Wallabies (the Australian national rugby union team) on Tuesday after the Australian Rugby Union (ARU) decided to part ways with New Zealander Robbie Deans.


The 53-year-old Deans, who had been Australia's first foreign coach, led the team for 74 Tests in his five and a half years in charge, a record for a Wallabies coach.


McKenzie, a popular local choice who guided the Queensland Reds to a maiden--- Super Rugby title in 2011, will take the reins six weeks before they play the opening match of the Rugby Championship against bitter rivals New Zealand.


The former Wallabies prop had put his hand up for the role earlier in the year and had beaten out a strong candidate in World Cup-winning coach Jake White [url=]Mark McGwire Jersey[/url] , now at the ACT Brumbies.


"I'm looking forward to saddling up with the Wallabies," McKenzie told reporters at a news conference in Sydney on Tuesday. "There's a thousand things I need to work on.


"I'll be picking a team that I think can beat the All Blacks (the New Zealand -national rugby union team) and I'm -really looking forward to that task."


McKenzie said he was excited at the opportunity.


"There are so many positives this game brings, and by unifying all its parts and working efficiently, we can -create a culture and structure whereby the -Wallabies are consistently successful at the highest -level in the biggest games," he said.


To help achieve this, he made clear players would only be picked if they showed pride in pulling on the Wallaby jersey and acted respon-sibly off the field.


"The only opportunity you get to play for the Wallabies is if the Wallabies' coach chooses you to play, and to me that's a week-to-week contract [url=]Glenn Hubbard Jersey[/url] ," he said.


"If you're not doing the right thing at the right time, that week-to-week contract might not be there."


His hard-line comments follow the recent off-field behavior of some of Australia's elite players overshadowing and undermining their achievements.


Several Wallabies, including -Digby Ioane, Kurtley Beale and the brash James O'Connor, have all found themselves making headlines for the wrong reasons.


The news conference came hours after the ARU issued a news -release saying Deans had stepped down. While the release cast the move as volun-tary, ARU boss Bill Pulver confirmed the governing body had been conducting a coaching review for months.


McKenzie would have replaced Deans even if the Wallabies had beaten the British and Irish Lions in their three-Test series, Pulver confirmed.


In the event [url=]Reggie Jackson Jersey[/url] , the 2-1 series loss, capped by a thumping 41-16 defeat in the Sydney decider on Saturday, offered the perfect excuse for the ARU to strike.


"I wish to take this opportunity to thank everyone involved in Australian rugby for their support through the -duration of my tenure," Deans, who was contracted to the end of the year, said in the news release.


"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."




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