7 Jul 2011

Campese calls for McKenzie to replace Deans

6:29 am on 7 July 2011

David Campese has called for Ewen McKenzie to replace Robbie Deans as Australia's rugby coach if the Queensland Reds cap their remarkable resurgence with a Super Rugby title when they play the Crusaders on Saturday night.

McKenzie has taken the Reds from second last to a home final in two seasons and Campese says he deserves to lead Australia after this year's World Cup.

The Australian Rugby Union is in the process of recontracting the former Crusaders and All Blacks assistant coach Deans for two more years, despite a modest winning record of 55.8 per cent,

But Campese, the Wallabies' record try scorer in 101 tests , says it's time to put an Australian back in charge and the ARU should immediately end negotiations if the Reds win in Brisbane.

He says McKenzie is the best man for the national job he turned down in late 2005, when he opted to stay on with the New South Wales Waratahs.