11 Jul 2013

Canterbury support still strong for sacked Deans

5:52 am on 11 July 2013

Just a day after his sacking in Australia, Robbie Deans' hometown appears to be right behind him with their support.

After six years across the Tasman as head coach for the Wallabies, the former All Black is now jobless and likely to be assessing his options.

Before leaving for Australia in 2007, Deans famously coached the Crusaders to five Super Rugby titles and some would like to see him back on home turf.

Former team mate Stu Lowe, who played NPC rugby along with Deans in the early 1990s, says he still has a lot to offer the sport.

He says while Deans will be hurt by the sacking, he is very competitive and will not be out of the game for long.

Lowe says there will be plenty of coaching opportunities in New Zealand should Deans want them.

The large majority of Christchurch residents spoken to by Radio New Zealand say the players Deans managed in Australia lacked both skill and a good attitude.

Ewen McKenzie, from Queensland, takes over as the Wallabies coach from August.