Wallabies coach Robbie Deans will have to reapply for his
position when his contract runs out at the end of the year, the
new Australia Rugby Union chief executive Bill Pulver says.
Deans had a big supporter in former boss John O'Neill, but
new man Pulver has suggested the former Crusaders coach might
not have it all his own way.
However, any changes will be kept to a minimum while Pulver,
who has never worked in sports administration, settles in.
Deans has said he wants to keep his position through to the
2015 World Cup in England and has already told Pulver, who
was appointed on Wednesday, of his intention.
At a press conference to announce he was succeeding John
O'Neill as the ARU's boss, Pulver said Deans was not under
threat to keep his position for the remainder of his
contract, during which the Wallabies will play 14 tests,
including three against the British and Irish Lions.
Asked if Deans would have to reapply for the Wallabies
coaching job if he wants to continue in it, Pulver said:
Deans has coached the Wallabies since 2008 and, before last
year's World Cup, had his contract extended. But recently he
has come under scrutiny as the Wallabies dropped a place to
No3 in the world rankings. He has also clashed with Quade
Cooper and fellow first-five Matt Giteau, who is no longer in
the Wallabies set-up.
"There is no question that Robbie, and I am sure a number of
other coaches, will really want to take the Australian rugby
team right through to the 2015 World Cup," Pulver said.