New Zealand coach Steve Hansen has fired significant shots at Warren Gatland after the former Lions coach recently stated that he hated the summer’s tour.
Speaking last week, Gatland was asked if he would consider coaching the Lions in 2021 and immediately stated that he was done with the Lions and that he would never ‘subject’ himself to another tour.
“I’m done and I wouldn’t subject myself to that.”
“I hated the tour. I did. I just hated the press and the negativity in New Zealand.”
The Lions drew the Test series with the All Blacks but, Hansen and Gatland are set to resume battle next month with New Zealand visiting Cardiff on November 25th for a clash with Wales.
Speaking on New Zealand’s Radio Sport, Hansen has already kicked off the latest war of words between the pair, slating Gatland for the comments he made about hating the tour.
“Why would you hate coaching the Lions?”
“If you hate coaching, don’t do it. I love coaching any team I’ve been involved in – that’s the reason I’m doing it.
“I’m lucky enough to coach the All Blacks, which is fantastic. If you are lucky enough to coach the Lions, it is also fantastic.”
Gatland is listed as a potential candidate to replace Hansen as the All Blacks coach after the 2019 World Cup. However, it seems that Hansen certainly doesn’t want to see that possibility come to fruition as he suggested that the Wales coach wouldn’t be able to handle the ‘constant pressure’.
“Welcome to our world. You are under constant pressure, constant scrutiny. People expect you to be able to front up and do the job well.”
“In the All Blacks’ case, we are expected to win every Test and win it well.”
“You don’t want to change those expectations – they drive your own inner expectations to be even higher. It drives that necessity to want to always be better.”
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