Robbie Deans. Photo Reuters
Robbie Deans says he'd gladly have David Campese hand out
Wallabies jerseys before a match again despite the champion
winger declaring the coach should be sacked for "destroying
Campese launched a scathing attack on Deans this week,
telling the UK newspaper The Telegraph the New Zealander was
the "worst thing to happen to Australian rugby".
Deans is under enormous pressure going into Sunday test with
England at Twickenham following last weekend's 33-6 loss to
The Wallabies have failed to score a try in their past two
tests and have scored just 12 in as many tests this season.
Deans said the general criticism of the team was fair enough
under the circumstances.
"We're not happy with our performance either, so it's
understandable," Deans said.
"People are entitled to their opinion. It's part of the
"It's great that David's passionate about the game still and
particularly the Wallaby jersey. But I really don't want to
comment any further."
Campese earlier teed off on Deans.
"Deans has destroyed Australian rugby and I want him to go,"
said Campese, who scored 64 tries in 101 Tests.
"We've got a team at the moment that can't catch and can't
"Wallaby teams in the past were never like this. Anyone who
knows anything about Australian rugby knows what it's famous
for - loops, angles, switches, counter-attack, creative play.
Where's all that gone? We can't even pass properly.
"I just want him to go. He's the worst thing that has ever
happened to Australian rugby."
A classic Wallaby, not Campese, will hand out the jerseys to
the team before they take to the field at Twickenham.
Deans said Campese would always be welcome in the dressing
room while he was in charge.
"I got Campo to do it in 2008 in Durban. And I would love to
have him back," he said.