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McKenzie extends contract with Queensland Res

Updated: January 20, 2012, 16:16


WELLINGTON, New Zealand(AP) Super 15-winning rugby coach Ewen McKenzie has extended his contract with the Queensland Reds for a year to 2014, complicating his expected succession to the Australian national coaching role when Robbie Deans steps down in 2013.

In two years, McKenzie took the Queensland Reds from near last in the Super 15 to first place last year and is seen as a likely successor to Deans when the New Zealander's contract ends next year.

His decision to extend his time with the Reds would make any move into the Wallabies role more complicated. But Queensland Rugby Union chief executive Jim Carmichael said the union would be prepared to discuss McKenzie's availability at the time.

"That's a fair way down the track and there would have to be a fair amount of dialogue that all parties are involved in to allow the delivery to be right for the game,'' Carmichael said.

McKenzie said he had extended his contract with the Reds to see the work he had done over the past two years in recruitment and development come to fruition.

"There's an attraction to be around and see that all through,'' he said. "We are only in control of our own environment and we've done a good job in the last couple of years but there's still a lot of work to be done.''

McKenzie, who played 51 tests for Australia at prop, said there was no guarantees he would be chosen as Deans' replacement if he steps down next year.

"Rugby is a moveable feast,'' he said. "One thing I know about coaching, you've got to be the right bloke at the right time. We can only deal with what we know right now.''

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