17 Aug 2011

Ella questions Deans reappointment

5:30 am on 17 August 2011

The Wallabies great Mark Ella has questioned the Australian Rugby Union's decision to re-sign coach Robbie Deans for two more years before the upcoming World Cup.

Deans was initially installed in the role for a four-year term from 2008 through to the end of the current World Cup season and, under his new deal, he will remain until after the 2013 tour by the British and Irish Lions.

Ella says Dean's is a great coach, but he would have preferred the ARU wait until after the World Cup.

He says normally you get rewarded on success.

Ella doesn't think the ARU's move will result in Queensland Reds Super Rugby-winning coach Ewen McKenzie becoming disenchanted and looking elsewhere for an international gig.