Australia's series-losing defeat to the British and Irish Lions on Saturday has led to the sacking of coach Robbie Deans, who has been swiftly replaced by Ewen McKenzie, according to The Guardian.

Deans still had six months left on his contract with the Wallabies but has been relieved of his duties following a meeting with chief executive of the Australian Rugby Union, Bill Pulver.

The New Zealander was the first foreign-born coach for Australia and had a 58% win percentage, but that wasn't enough for him to keep his job after the record 41-16 defeat to the Lions in Sydney on Saturday - their first win for 16 years.

The sacking has cleared the way for Queensland Reds coaching director McKenzie to come in, with his appointment expected to be confirmed tomorrow.

McKenzie was part of Australia's 1991 World Cup winning side before moving on to the NSW Waratahs, Stade Francais and the Queensland Reds, who he led to the Super Rugby title in 2011.

The 48-year-old is very popular amongst Australians due to his teams entertaining style of play and he is expected to help re-ignite the sides attack.

ACT Brumbies coach Jack White was reported to have also been in the running for the job, but they opted for McKenzie instead.

The Wallabies' next match will be in the Rugby Championship against New Zealand on August 17.


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