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Robbie Deans agrees new Wallabies contract

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Australian Rugby Union Chief Executive John O’Neill has revealed has revealed that Wallabies coach Robbie Deans has agreed to stay with the Wallabies for two more years.

O’Neill says that Deans has agreed terms with the ARU and that the New Zealander will re-commit to Australian Rugby until the end of 2013 in the next week or so.

“It’s all on track, we haven’t got a signed contract yet but we will get these two Test matches (against Samoa and South Africa) out of the way – they’re back to back so he’s busy and I’m busy,” O’Neill said.

“It’s been a pretty trouble-free negotiation and it’s an extension through to the end of 2013,” he told PA Sport.

The decision to re-appoint Deans before he has proved himself at a world cup will lead to some debate but O’Neill is adamant that Deans is still the best man for the job.

“I’m very relaxed about it and very happy to have certainty and I like the idea of no distractions,” he said.

“It’s a bit like saying to the players ‘we don’t want any distractions’, Robbie doesn’t want any distractions either.

“He and I have agreed in principle, the formality now is with the lawyers and he’s just getting on with the job.”

Deans played five test for the All Blacks in his playing days but has enjoyed much more success in his coaching career and has won five Super Rugby titles with the Crusaders.

While the Crusaders reached this year’s final they lost to the Reds in Brisbane and O’Neill says that Australia are timing their run to perfection with two months to go before the world cup.

“I’m very excited, I think we are turning momentum into reality,” he said, citing the Reds’ Super 15 Rugby title success at the weekend.

“The Super Rugby trophy is a big trophy, we’ve (Australia) only won it twice before with the Brumbies. “

“Once you get the taste of success you want more so I think the Reds victory will add further impetus to that momentum.

“There’s no easy games, I mean Samoa won’t be easy and while there’s been a lot of publicity about the Springboks, when I read their team on paper it’s not shabby – and then we’ve got the All Blacks home and away.”

“We targeted 2011 to be a turning point for Australian rugby and so far so good.”

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