Robbie Deans proud of Australia tenure

Australia rugby coach Robbie Deans on May 23, 2013
© PA Photos
Robbie Deans thanks Australia after he is sacked as the head coach of the national side.

Robbie Deans has expressed his pride in his time as the head coach of Australia following his sacking on Tuesday.

The New Zealander, who was dismissed following the Wallabies' 2-1 series defeat to the British and Irish Lions, has been removed from his position six months before the end of his contract.

Deans was in charge of the men in gold since 2007, and is proud of his time at the helm.

"I wish to take this opportunity to thank everyone involved in Australian rugby for their support through the duration of my tenure," said Deans.

"It has been a rewarding five years and I am proud of all that we have achieved.

"Most especially I would like to thank the players for their efforts and wish them all the best going forward."

Deans has since been replaced by Ewen McKenzie.

File photo of Ewen McKenzie taken October 18, 2008
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