Robbie Deans 'unlikely' to return to NZ as professional coach

Former Crusaders coach Robbie Deans says that if he does return to coach rugby in New Zealand again, it won't be as a professional.

Deans, 58, left the Crusaders in 2008, jumping ship to link up with the Wallabies where he served until 2013.

Since leaving that role, Deans has been in charge of the Panasonic Wild Knights in Japan, guiding them to three straight Top League titles from 2014 to 2016.

Appearing on TVNZ 1's Breakfast, Deans made it clear that his future as a coach lies away from New Zealand, unwilling to take charge of a Super Rugby or Mitre 10 Cup side.

"We'll always come back (to New Zealand), but its unlikely to be in a paid gig so to speak," he said.

"I'd do it for the love of it."

Deans also said that in spite of his immeasurable success coaching in Japan, he'll always remain a Kiwi.

"New Zealand's home, Canterbury's home."

"It's good to be back with the same grass under my feet."

The former Crusaders boss won’t be returning to Super Rugby any time soon. Source: Breakfast