Controversial former Wallabies winger David Campese has launched another attack on Australia coach Robbie Deans and predicts the upcoming Lions tour will descend into a boring penalty-fest.
In reports published in the UK media on Wednesday, Campese labelled Deans as desperate and reiterated a call from him to be replaced by Queensland Reds coach Ewen McKenzie.
Australia's record tryscorer Campese, who now lives in South Africa, criticised Deans for turning a blind eye to the Australian Rugby Union ban on selecting overseas-based players in order to smooth a way for the return of Japan-based George Smith.
"They are breaking their own laws because Robbie Deans is desperate," Campese told UK tabloid the Daily Express.
"If they lose the series, hopefully he will go and we can then have Ewen McKenzie coaching us.
"When Quade Cooper spoke about the environment being toxic last year he got in trouble, but I heard the same from someone else in the squad. There is a problem there.
"We have gone backwards in our back-line skills. It's not the same Australian team as when we were playing.
"Robbie Deans came out last year and said: `You don't need to score tries to have exciting rugby'. It must be the Kiwi mentality."
Campese also criticised British and Irish Lions coach Warren Gatland for picking a Welsh-heavy side lacking players with X-factor.
"We know exactly what is coming from a Gatland side," Campese said.
"... We know it is going to be a very structured series because they will be two very structured teams.
"Some of the games might be close because both coaches are under pressure. But it is going to be a penalty-fest."
Campese will join the British radio station TalkSPORT's commentary team for the Lions tour.
He told the Daily Telegraph he could not work in Australia because he would have to hold back on his opinions.
"You have to do and say the right things to get a job there and that's never going to happen," he said.
"That's why I moved to South Africa.
"I was basically driven out of my own country. Tall poppy syndrome, mate. They couldn't wait to cut me down."