THE experts may already have Queensland Reds coach Ewen McKenzie leading Australia into the next rugby world cup, but anyone who thinks Wallabies coach Robbie Deans will go quietly into the night obviously does not know him very well.
On the Coast yesterday to put some of the region's best junior and senior players through their paces, the former Canterbury Crusaders mentor said he believed Australia would be the team to beat in 2015.
"New Zealand took three World Cup campaigns to win one with the nucleus of players they had," Deans said.
"We won't take that long. I've started something here. I've really enjoyed it and I want to finish it."
Deans said he did not believe lack of talent or motivation would be an issue for the Wallabies.
"We've got to take the frustration and the pain we felt (after missing out in last year's World Cup in New Zealand) and use that for motivation," he said.
"There's ample talent, and we've got a young group but an experienced group.
"One of the key things we've been missing is leadership, from everybody, and when we get that element right we'll be good to go."
As well as taking the Stingrays senior and colts squads for a training session, Deans also did some work with the Coast's top young club and schoolboys players.
He spoke to them at length about getting the most out of their time in the game, emphasising that talent was not enough.
It was Deans's first visit to Sunshine Coast Stadium, and Stringrays chairman Tony Riddle hoped it would not be the last.
"We invited Robbie up not only to have a look at our players, but also the facilities," Riddle said. "We're hoping we can entice him to bring the Wallabies up here for a training camp next year."
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