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“It’s Pretty Obvious” – Hansen Accuses Springboks Of Pressurising Referee

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New Zealand head coach Steven Hansen has accused his South African counterpart Rassie Erasmus of trying to influence referee Jerome Garces ahead of their titanic World Cup battle this weekend.  During a press conference on Wednesday, Erasmus commented that the era in which the All-Blacks benefit from marginal calls because they are the best in the world has ended. The …

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Owen Franks Left Out As Hansen Names All Blacks World Cup Squad

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All Blacks head coach Steve Hansen has named his 31-man squad for the 2019 Rugby World Cup. Hansen has left out some big names including 108-Test veteran Owen Franks while Ngani Laumape and Liam Squire were other high-profile players not to make the cut. Laumape’s exclusion has paved the way for Ryan Crotty’s inclusion. All Blacks Head Coach Steve Hansen …

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Steve Hansen Rings The Changes For All Blacks Showdown With Wallabies

All Blacks head coach Steve Hansen has made a number of changes to the team for Saturday’s Bledisloe Cup decider against Australia.  In total, Hansen has made five changes which sees some highly experienced players cut from the starting XV. Upfront, the 108 times capped Owen Franks loses his place at tighthead to Nepo Laulala while Patrick Tuipulotu comes in …

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Hansen Names Very Powerful All Blacks Side For Wallabies Showdown

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All Blacks head coach Steve Hansen has named a side which looks close to his strongest XV for Saturday’s Rugby Championship clash with Australia in Perth.  In total, Hansen has made six changes to the side which drew 16-16 with the Springboks in Wellington two weeks ago. Up front, Dane Coles replaces Codie Taylor at hooker and Scott Barrett comes …

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Four Contenders To Replace Hansen As All Blacks Coach

New Zealand rugby has no shortage of coaching talent and the announcement from Steve Hansen that he will step down as All Blacks mentor after next year’s Rugby World Cup will spark intense competition for the coveted role. We look at four New Zealanders who could potentially become the new All Blacks coach: _____ 1. Ian Foster If New Zealand …

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Steven Hansen To Step Down As All Blacks Boss After World Cup

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen announced Friday that he will retire after next year’s World Cup in Japan, saying the world champions needed some “fresh thinking”. “I think it’s right for the team to have someone new after the World Cup, some fresh eyes, some fresh thinking,” he told reporters. Hansen took over in late 2011 after working as Graham …

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Steve Hansen: England Clash Bigger Than Lions Series

New Zealand coach Steve Hansen has insisted the All Blacks’ clash with England this weekend is even bigger than last year’s series against the British and Irish Lions. Saturday’s match will be the first time world champions New Zealand have met England since a 24-21 All Blacks win at Twickenham in 2014 and the long-anticipated fixture has been given added …

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Steve Hansen Praises Ireland As “The Best” In Managing Players

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New Zealand coach Steve Hansen has called for a four-month offseason to avoid player burnout. The All Blacks thumped Australia 37-20 in Yokohama on Saturday to complete a 3-0 Bledisloe Cup whitewash, but Hansen warned that players will continue to risk injury unless they get enough rest. “They don’t get enough of a break,” he said on Sunday. “You can’t …

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All Blacks’ Boss Hansen Leaps To Defence Of Under-Fire Cheika

New Zealand coach Steve Hansen launched an impassioned defence of Wallabies rival Michael Cheika, pointing to how Manchester United stuck with Alex Ferguson before an unprecedented run of football success. After Hansen and Cheika named their teams for this weekend’s Bledisloe Cup clash in Japan, the All Blacks coach offered support to his opposite number, who survived calls for his …

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All Blacks Coach Defends ‘Overused’ Haka

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen has rejected suggestions from former players that the team’s famous pre-match haka has been devalued by overuse. The world champions perform the traditional Maori challenge before every Test match but former New Zealand prop Kees Meeuws told British author Peter Bills the foot-stomping, chest-thumping ritual had become too familiar. “It has lost its mana (prestige). …

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