QUEENSLAND Reds director of coaching Ewen McKenzie is set to replace Wallabies coach Robbie Deans later this month - not in the top job though.
McKenzie, who announced he was leaving the Reds at the end of the season yesterday, will equal Deans's record of 120 Super Rugby games as coach when the Queenslanders tackle the Bulls in Brisbane on Saturday.
He will become the most-capped coach in Super Rugby history, when the Reds play the Highlanders in Dunedin on March 29.
Deans joined the Wallabies in 2008 after leading the Crusaders to five Super Rugby titles in his 120 games in charge.
Although McKenzie, who guided the Reds to their first Super Rugby championship in 2011, is close to ending Deans reign at the top of the coaching ladder, he said his decision to leave was aimed purely at doing the right thing by the Reds, and not to put pressure on Deans.
"There's no conspiracy. There's nothing to it other than trying to provide the whole Reds franchise some certainty about what I'm doing and allows them to make some decisions," McKenzie said.
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