22 Oct 2014

Deans backs Cheika and Beale

3:00 pm on 22 October 2014

The former Wallabies coach Robbie Deans says Michael Cheika is the right man to take over the side following the shock departure of Ewen McKenzie.

Former Wallabies coach Robbie Deans

Former Wallabies coach Robbie Deans Photo: PHOTOSPORT

Cheika has agreed to coach Australia after McKenzie resigned on Saturday, less than a week before the team departs on its end of year tour.

Deans says the New South Wales Waratahs coach has the right attributes to help Australia be successful again.

He says Cheika knows the players intimately and doesn't get distracted by politics off the field.

Deans has also backed the retention of Kurtley Beale in the Australian Test side.

Beale's been at the centre of controversy and faces a misconduct hearing this week over the incident that ultimately led to the shock resignation of McKenzie.

The utility back has a chequered past, but Deans says Beale is important to the Wallabies.

He says Beale "is a great kid who's done some daft things as he's vulnerable to the company that he keeps."