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Reds coach McKenzie rubbishes Waratahs link

Reds coach Ewen McKenzie

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Article Published: Monday 4 June 2012|

Reds coach Ewen McKenzie has rubbished reports that he will replace Waratahs coach Michael Foley and return to Sydney as the saviour of New South Wales rugby.

Last year's Super Rugby winning coach with the Reds says he is bemused with newspaper reports speculating that he will return next season as Waratahs coach.

"It's fiction, I'm already doing other things," McKenzie told AAP.

"I'm still running the (QRU) football program and I'm still coaching."

"Just because the Waratahs lose a game suddenly everyone speculates on me."

McKenzie joined the Reds in 2010 after a stint in France but led the Waratahs to three Super Rugby finals over a five-year period in Sydney from 2004.

The Reds coach was however sacked and replaced by Chris Hickey in 2008 when he led the Waratahs to the final but lost for the second time in four seasons to the Crusaders.

Last year it was a case of third time lucky for McKenzie as his Reds beat the Crusaders and were crowned Super Rugby champions.

McKenzie's family still live in Sydney but the world cup winning prop says that he is dedicated to his role in Queensland Rugby.

Former Western Force coach Richard Graham will take over as Reds coach next season but McKenzie will move up as Queensland coaching director.

McKenzie is then expected to become Queensland director of rugby in 2014.

Michael Foley's position as Waratahs coach is under a question mark after his team fell to a record-worst sixth straight loss on Saturday when they were beaten 12-33 by the Hurricanes.

Attendances have been as dissapointing as the Waratahs performance on the field this season and on Saturday a worryingly low 13 372 fans attended the match.

Foley could be replaced by Stade Francais coach Michael Cheika who is also being lobbied by the Force but McKenzie has ruled out returning to the Waratahs.

"I've been there, I wasn't required and moved on," he said.

"I'm busy and got things going on."

"It's not as though I'm waiting by the phone."

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