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Deans wants more, and Quade Cooper

The 2015 World Cup rugby draw in progress.

The 2015 World Cup rugby draw in progress. Photo: AFP

ROBBIE Deans says he wants to continue as Australian coach beyond next year and that the Wallabies are ''just getting started'' as a group.

Deans also said he remained ''a believer'' in Quade Cooper's talents and that the Wallabies had supported the playmaker during his struggles at the last World Cup.

The ARU signed a two-year extension to its deal with the former Crusaders coach in the lead-up to the 2011 Rugby World Cup, under which Deans would continue as head coach until the end of next season.

Since then the Wallabies lost to New Zealand in the World Cup semi-final, lost to Scotland in Newcastle, made a clean sweep of Wales in the June internationals but endured a difficult Rugby Championship campaign, failing once more to win back the Bledisloe Cup, and losing to France on their spring tour to Europe, before beating England, Italy and Wales.

Most recently, against a backdrop of unprecedented injuries, the Wallabies finished the 2012 season third behind New Zealand and South Africa on the international rankings, after two seasons at No. 2.

Deans endured particularly intense scrutiny this year but appears to have achieved enough on tour, finishing the year with nine wins, five losses and one draw, to subdue critics who wanted him replaced before the British and Irish Lions tour in June.

Deans said he ''absolutely'' wanted to coach the Wallabies through the Lions tour and beyond.

''This group is just getting started,'' he said. ''The exposure of a few extra players this year has made a big difference to our group. You'll see it first in Super Rugby, [then] they'll all want to be involved in the Lions [series] and there's a lot of great rugby coming, and we've got a group who are becoming experienced and starting now to work their way through some of those moments of adversity, so they're starting to show some really good traits.''

Deans also weighed in for the first time on the Quade Cooper controversy, saying he hoped the Reds No. 10 would return to the Wallabies, and that he would be welcome.

He defended the Wallabies' treatment of Cooper at the World Cup. Cooper was booed continuously in New Zealand and his performance appeared to suffer as a result. In the recent speculation about Cooper, those experiences and the team's lack of support was cited as reasons for his unhappiness.

''To be frank I don't want to pore over history, obviously it was a tough time for everybody. We all at the time did everything we could to ensure that it was a good experience. We stood right alongside Quade,'' Deans said in response to claims Cooper was hung out to dry by the team.

''Let's not forget I'm the bloke that picked him first and continued to pick him, continued to back him. I'm a believer.''

Rugby Internationals 2014

Round 1
Sat, 07 JunTimes shown AEST
SAM 18 vs TGA 18 Report Stats
FJI 25 vs ITA 14 Report Stats
NZL 20 vs ENG 15 Report Stats
AUS 50 vs FRA 23 Report Stats
Sun, 08 JunTimes shown AEST
RSA 47 vs WXV 13 Report Stats
ARG 17 vs IRE 29 Report Stats
USA 6 vs SCO 24 Report Stats
CAN 25 vs JPN 34 Report Stats
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Round 2
Sat, 14 JunTimes shown AEST
SAM 15 vs ITA Report Stats
FJI 45 vs TGA 17 Report Stats
NZL 28 vs ENG 27 Report Stats
AUS 6 vs FRA Report Stats
Sun, 15 JunTimes shown AEST
RSA 38 vs WAL 16 Report Stats
CAN 17 vs SCO 19 Report Stats
ARG 17 vs IRE 23 Report Stats
USA 29 vs JPN 37 Report Stats
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Round 3
Sat, 21 JunTimes shown AEST
ARG 19 vs SCO 21 Report Stats
FJI 13 vs SAM 18 Report Stats
JPN 26 vs ITA 23 Report Stats
AUS 39 vs FRA 13 Stats
NZL 36 vs ENG 13 Report Stats
Sun, 22 JunTimes shown AEST
RSA 31 vs WAL 30 Report Stats
USA 38 vs CAN 35 Report Stats
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Round 4
Sun, 29 JunTimes shown AEST
RSA 55 vs SCO 6 Report Stats
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Round 5
Sun, 02 NovTimes shown AEDT
BAR 36 vs AUS 40 Report Stats
USA 6 vs NZL 74 Report Stats
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Round 6
Sun, 09 NovTimes shown AEDT
ITA 24 vs SAM 13 Report Stats
ENG 21 vs NZL 24 Report Stats
WAL 28 vs AUS 33 Report Stats
FRA 40 vs FJI 14 Report Stats
IRE 29 vs RSA 15 Report Stats
SCO 41 vs ARG 31 Report Stats
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Round 7
Sun, 16 NovTimes shown AEDT
ITA 18 vs ARG 20 Report Stats
ENG 28 vs RSA 31 Report Stats
WAL 17 vs FJI 13 Report Stats
SCO 16 vs NZL 24 Report Stats
FRA 29 vs AUS 26 Report Stats
Mon, 17 NovTimes shown AEDT
IRE 49 vs GEO 7 Report Stats
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Round 8
Sun, 23 NovTimes shown AEDT
ITA 6 vs RSA 22 Report Stats
SCO 37 vs TGA 12 Report Stats
IRE 26 vs AUS 23 Report Stats
WAL 16 vs NZL 34 Report Stats
ENG 28 vs SAM 9 Report Stats
FRA 13 vs ARG 18 Report Stats
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Round 9
Sun, 30 NovTimes shown AEDT
ENG vs AUS 01:30Twic
WAL vs RSA 01:30MilS
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