Robbie Deans 'wants to sabotage' Aussie rugby

Last updated 07:52 12/04/2013
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DINGO SABOTAGE: Robbie Deans 'wants to sabotage Australian rugby' says former Wallabies fullback Greg Martin.

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Robbie Deans wants to sabotage Australian rugby and could be a trojan horse put in to ruin the game there, says former Wallabies fullback Greg Martin..

The coach's decision to ignore the claims of controversial first-five Quade Cooper by leaving him out of the 30-man preliminary squad to prepare for the coming series with the British & Irish Lions has Martin seething.

Cooper is clearly offside with Deans after last year labelling the Wallabies environment "toxic", but Martin believes Cooper is the only No 10 capable of troubling the Lions and can't believe New Zealander Deans has left him out.

"He is kidding if he's not picking Quade Cooper," Martin told Australian radio station Triple M.

"In other words, Robbie Deans wants to sabotage Australian rugby.

"This has been a conspiracy on the internet since the (2011) World Cup that he was put in as a Trojan horse to ruin Australian rugby. It's almost getting to the point I say that's true.

"He's made it about who he personally likes, not winning games.

"(Cooper's) not the one sabotaging Australian rugby, it's Robbie Deans."

Deans' rollercoaster ride in charge of the Wallabies since his controversial appointment in 2008 has seen him struggle to be accepted in some circles.

Former Wallabies great David Campese has been outspoken with his constant criticism of Deans and now Martin, a usually a reserved television commentator but proud Queenslander, has come out firing.

Martin argues that Cooper is starting to rediscover his magic and his combination with Wallabies halfback Will Genia for the Reds should be transferred into the Wallabies.

"This year Quade started slowly but now he's back with Will Genia they're exceptional," Martin said.

"In 2011 that's how the Reds won their (Super Rugby) championship. They're back together and starting to slay defences.

"(Cooper) is the only way we can beat the British and Irish Lions - everyone else (vying for No.10) is pretty pedestrian or isn't used to Will Genia.

"There are a lot of five-eighths around who can do things to keep you in the game but he does stuff that wins you the game."

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