Crusaders will cope without Deans - McCaw
Newstalk - Thursday December 13, 03:23 PM
Crusaders skipper Richie McCaw is confident his Super 14 side can take a change of coach in its stride.
Robbie Deans is likely to be named Wallabies coach either today or tomorrow, and he is then likely to be stripped of his Crusaders coaching job.
McCaw says that is not ideal for the Crusaders, but they will cope. He says to find a new coach now would be tough, but if it happens, it happens. McCaw says he would fully support Mark Hammett if he was elevated to the Crusaders head coach role.
McCaw says Robbie Deans has handled the whole application process very professionally and you would not even know anything was going on.
McCaw: Deans not a distraction
Dec 13, 2007
All Blacks and Crusaders captain Richie McCaw is full of praise for the way Robbie Deans has handled the current coaching process.
Dean is contracted as Crusaders coach for the Rebel Sport Super 14 next year, but if he gets the Wallabies job as expected tomorrow, he'll probably be prevented from fulfilling his Crusaders gig.
But McCaw says it's not affecting the team's preparation for next year's competition.
He says Robbie Deans has been with the Crusaders and you wouldn't even know anything else was going on.
He goes on to say he'd fully support Mark Hammett if he was elevated to the Crusaders head coach role.
McCaw insists the Crusaders aren't distracted about the uncertainty of Robbie Deans' future with the Rebel Sport Super 14 franchise.
After meeting with the Australian Rugby Union this week, Deans is the hot favourite to be appointed the new Wallabies coach.
McCaw says the team's just knuckling down and continuing with its preparation for next year's Super 14.
He says whatever happens the team has just got to get on with it and there hasn't been a lot of talk about not having Deans in charge.
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