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Farr-Jones criticism ridiculous: Rogers
AAP - Tuesday December 11, 07:35 PM
Dual international Mat Rogers has slammed World Cup-winning Australian skipper Nick Farr-Jones for opposing the expected appointment of Kiwi Robbie Deans as Wallabies coach, describing his criticism as "ridiculous".
While Rogers had no preference for Wallabies coach, he gave Deans a glowing endorsement by saying the New Zealand mentor would have won the 2007 World Cup with his Super 14 team the Crusaders.
Deans, expected to become the Wallabies' first overseas coach, was being interviewed for the job in Brisbane on Tuesday night, more than a month after five original short-listed candidates went before the selection committee.
Some high profile former Wallabies such as Farr-Jones and Peter FitzSimons have criticised the idea of appointing a foreign Wallabies coach.
Farr-Jones said he would not be motivated by a Wallabies coach with a Kiwi accent before a Bledisloe Cup match.
"That's ridiculous. Nick Farr-Jones played in an amateur era so this comes from an amateur," Rogers told AAP.
"If he played in a professional era he would understand you do your job regardless of who is telling you.
"Players have too much pride in their performance to worry about that (nationality).
"If you need a coach to fire you up to play in a Bledisloe Cup match then you shouldn't even be there."
Rogers returned to rugby league with NRL team the Gold Coast Titans in 2007 after a 45-Test, five-year stint in rugby.
He said a coach's nationality meant nothing in professional rugby.
"I don't think it is different to a Dutchman coaching the Socceroos, no one should," he said.
"I don't think anyone will care who is coaching if we won the World Cup."
Rogers said he was amused by the former players' criticism of Deans' potential appointment.
"I find it hilarious when players from the past who may have tasted professional football for a year make statements about the professional game," he said.
"They really have no insight into how the game is run now, they make comments from the outside and really don't know what is going on.
"Ask George Gregan if he needs to be motivated by the coach into a Bledisloe Cup game and if he would care.
"He wouldn't care, he is a professional. He's going to go out and play his best - that's the way it is.
"You want the best man for the job. If Robbie Deans is the best man for the job then so be it."
Rogers said every candidate for the Wallabies job would do a good job, particularly Deans.
"I have no doubt they will go well under Robbie Deans," he said.
"They (Crusaders) have proven to be the best side in the world for years - the Crusaders probably would have won the World Cup."
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The ins and outs - Super 14 squads
NZPA - Wednesday October 31, 11:53 AM
New Zealand rugby squads for the 2008 Super 14 (* denotes draft player):-
Crusaders: Leon Macdonald (Canterbury), Scott Hamilton (Canterbury), Kade Poki (Tasman), Sean Maitland (Canterbury), Caleb Ralph (Tasman), Casey Laulala (Canterbury), Tim Bateman (Canterbury), Hamish Gard (Canterbury), Stephen Brett (Canterbury), Dan Carter (Canterbury), Andy Ellis (Canterbury) Kahn Fotuali'i (Tasman), Nasi Manu (Canterbury), Mose Tuiali'i (Canterbury), George Whitelock (Canterbury), Richie McCaw (Canterbury), Kieran Read (Canterbury), Reuben Thorne (Canterbury), Brad Thorn (Tasman), Michael Paterson (Canterbury), Ross Filipo (Wellington), Ali Williams (Tasman), Ti'i Paulo (Canterbury), Corey Flynn (Canterbury), Ben Franks (Canterbury), Campbell Johnstone (Canterbury), Greg Somerville (Canterbury), Wyatt Crockett (Canterbury)
In: Kade Poki, Sean Maitland, Hamish Gard, Kahn Fotuali'i, Nasi Manu, George Whitelock, Brad Thorn, Ali Williams
Out: Brent Ward, Paul Williams, Rico Gear, Aaron Mauger, Rua Tipoki, Tusi Pisi, Kevin Senio, Jake Paringatai, Johnny Leo'o, Jonathan Poff, Peter Nixon, Issac Ross, Chris Jack, Kevin O'Neill, Ben May
Blues: Ben Atiga (Auckland), George Pisi (North Harbour), David Smith (Auckland), Rudi Wulf (North Harbour), Joe Rokocoko (Auckland), Benson Stanley (Auckland), Anthony Tuitavake (North Harbour), Jamie Helleur (Auckland), Isaia Toeava (Auckland), Isa Nacewa (Auckland), Nick Evans (Auckland), Danny Lee (Hawke's Bay*), Taniela Moa (Auckland), Nick Williams (North Harbour), Jerome Kaino (Auckland), Onosa'i Tololima Auva'a (Auckland), Daniel Braid (Auckland), Justin Collins (Northland), Bryn Evans (Hawke's Bay*), Kurtis Haiu (Auckland), Anthony Boric (North Harbour), Troy Flavell (Auckland), Tom McCartney (Auckland), Keven Mealamu (Auckland), Bronson Murray (Northland), John Afoa (Auckland), Nick White (Auckland), Tony Woodcock (North Harbour).
In: Benson Stanley, Jamie Helleur, Nick Evans, Danny Lee, Taniela Moa, Bryn Evans, Tom McCartney, Bronson Murray
Out: Doug Howlett, James Somerset, Sam Tuitupou, Luke McAlister, David Holwell, Steve Devine, David Gibson, Angus Macdonald, Ali Williams, Greg Rawlinson, Chris Heard, Saimone Taumoepeau, Derren Witcombe, Sam Biddles
Chiefs: Mils Muliana (Waikato), Vili Waqaseduadua (North Harbour*), Sosene Anesi (Waikato), Leila Masaga (Counties-Manukau), Sitiveni Sivivatu (Waikato), Dwayne Sweeney (Waikato), Richard Kahui (Waikato), Callum Bruce (Otago*), Tasesa Lavea (Counties-Manukau), Stephen Donald (Waikato), Jamie Nutbrown (Bay of Plenty), Brendon Leonard (Waikato), Fafili Levave (Wellington*), Sione Lauaki (Waikato), Tom Harding (Wellington*), Tanerau Latimer (Bay of Plenty), Hayden Hopgood (Canterbury*), Liam Messam (Waikato), Toby Lynn (Waikato), Kristian Ormsby (Counties-Manukau), Kevin O'Neill (Waikato), Jono Gibbes (Waikato), Aled de Malmanche (Waikato), Tom Willis (Waikato), Ben May (Tasman*), Ben Castle (Bay of Plenty), Craig West (Waikato), Simms Davison (Bay of Plenty).
In: Vili Waqaseduadua, Callum Bruce, Fafili Levave, Tom Harding, Hayden Hopgood, Kevin O'Neill, Ben May
Out: Roy Kinikinilau, Anthony Tahana, Niva Ta'auso, Tane Tu'ipulotu, Murray Williams, Byron Kelleher, Steven Bates, Marty Holah, Keith Robinson, Nathan White
Highlanders: James Wilson (Southland), Paul Williams (Canterbury*), Lucky Mulipola (Otago), Fetu'u Vainikolo (Northland*), Brett Mather (Otago), Johnny Leota (Manawatu*), Niva Ta'auso (Counties-Manukau*), Aaron Bancroft (Otago), Mike Delany (Bay of Plenty*), Daniel Bowden (Otago), Toby Morland (Otago), Jimmy Cowan (Southland), Ezra Taylor (Otago), Stephen Setephano (Otago), Tim Boys (Southland), Alando Soaki (Otago), Adam Thompson (Otago), Craig Newby (Otago), Hoani MacDonald (Southland), Isaac Ross (Canterbury*), Hayden Triggs (Manawatu*), Tom Donnelly (Otago), David Hall (Southland), Jason Macdonald (Southland), Clint Newland
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