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Meyer defends Wallabies coach

Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer has come to the defence of the under-pressure Wallabies coach Robbie Deans.

Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer during the team announcement in Cape Town on 15 August 2012. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer on Friday came to the defence of under-pressure Wallabies coach Robbie Deans ahead of Saturday's Rugby Championship clash in Perth.

Deans has drawn criticism after recent losses to the All Blacks.

That prompted the Australian Rugby Union to deny reports that he was on the verge of losing his job.

Speaking at the announcement of his side for this weekend's Test, Meyer said he believes Deans can turn things around.

"I've got a lot of respect for Deans and I've been coaching against him since 2000. He's a quality coach and he can get his team back on track. We've been quite good rugby friends and enemies, over the years."

Meyer said the nature of being an international coach dictates that your job is constantly under threat.

"We play each other every year, he'll know how to handle the pressure. I think the quality of a great coach is to take the pressure off the players."

Meanwhile, the Boks are hoping to win against the Wallabies following a disappointing draw with Argentina.