McKenzie named Wallabies head coach

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McKenzie named Wallabies head coach

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Ewen McKenzie was appointed new head coach of the Australian national rugby team on Tuesday.

At the helm of the Wallabies the 48-year-old replaces New Zealander Robbie Deans who stepped down after five and a half years in charge.

Following Australia’s record loss in the series-deciding test against the British and Irish Lions McKenzie’s first job is to get the team back on track for the Rugby Championship in just over a month.

McKenzie believes he has got what it takes to whip an ill-disciplined and demoralised Wallabies team into shape.

He said: “I’ve seen rugby from all different perspectives. I’ve seen it at it’s highs, I’ve seen it at its lowest. In all of that, I feel I’ve been able to make a very good contribution in whatever the tasks I’ve been asked to do. I feel I’ll be able to make a difference, so right here and now I’ve been asked to do a very specific job. That job starts in five weeks time.”

The former Australia prop, who was part of the 1991 World Cup winning team, was the popular choice to succeed Deans after guiding the unfancied Queensland Reds to a first league title in 2011.

His first competitive match in charge will be against bitter rivals New Zealand in August in the Rugby Championship – formally known as the Tri Nations before Argentina joined the Wallabies, All Blacks and South Africa in 2012.