Friday, December 14, 2007
NEW ZEALANDER ROBBIE DEANS, AND FIRST FOREIGNER, APPOINTED AS HEAD COACH FOR AUSTRALIAN WALLABIES RUGBY TEAM...
A New Zealander, Robbie Deans, from my home town of Christchurch in Canterbury, is now the head coach of the Australian Wallabies Rugby team, after being turned down by the NZRU for the All Blacks position as head coach. Robbie is the first foreigner to coach the Australian rugby team; although a number of Kiwis have previously played for Australia.
A special deal has been struck to allow Robbie Deans to continue coaching the Christchurch based "Crusaders" professional franchise until the end of the coming Super 14 season.
Most American readers probably don't realise that a New Zealander coached the American Eagles Rugby team at the recent Rugby World Cup.
Rugby Union may not be that well known by North American readers, but it is more of a a world sport than American football which is primarily a North American sport like baseball. Only basketball can be considered a world sport.
I was the first here to predict that Robbie Deans will be Wallabies coach by the end of the week; and with the World Cup losing New Zealand All Blacks coach, Graham Henry, inexplicably reappointed for another two years, will I have to change my allegiance to Australia to ensure I support a winning team? I hope not, with tongue in cheek?