Posts Tagged "Steve Hansen"
When Robbie Deans announces the Wallaby squad of 25 on Sunday, the likelihood is that only two uncapped players will be on the list. Those players are Christian Lealiifano and Israel Folau.
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All Blacks coach Steve Hansen has dismissed the concerns of Chiefs coach Dave Rennie, saying this year’s exodus of top New Zealand players to overseas clubs is no worse than any time in his memory.
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With the Super Rugby season already nearing the half way stage, focus is slowly but surely turning towards the June Test window and international selections.
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With the 2015 edition of the Rugby World Cup now just a little over two years away, international coaches will increasingly be considering the tournament when making selections in the interim period.
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Was England’s win over the All Blacks several weeks ago the turning of the tide, or a mere slip up by the world’s best?
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It is a slightly cheeky exercise but add together the two standout performances from the Spring tours and you end up with a total of Northern Hemisphere heavyweights 71, Southern Hemisphere 24.
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The reaction to Scott Higginbotham’s suspension for ‘striking’ and ‘head butting’ Richie McCaw has been a little hypocritical, not to mention precious, hasn’t it?
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An international eligibility storm has been hammering away at the rugby world for the past seven days and this messy and thunderous front is beginning to take its toll on the credibility of the international game.
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If ever you wanted an example of Kiwi tunnel vision in matters rugby there is no need to look further than Steve ‘One Eyes’ (yes, he has double one-eyedness) Hansen and his comments that Australia should ‘stop stealing’ Kiwi rugby players.
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Paul Cully – one of rugby’s pre-eminent scribes – has labelled the Wallabies “the kings of the false dawn.”
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During this week’s session with my touch team (yes it may have taken place in the local pub instead of the field), I got to talking to one of my team mates who had just returned from a three year stint playing for a UK rugby club.
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A year or so before rugby became an officially professional code, sometime in late 1994, I guess, I chatted with the chairman of the NZRU Rob Fisher about the implications of the change.
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The All Blacks have rallied around coach Steve Hansen, whose father Des died on Tuesday in Christchurch.
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Coach Steve Hansen reached for his scalpel in making five changes to the All Blacks side to face Argentina in Saturday’s Rugby Championship Test in Wellington.
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All Blacks coach Steve Hansen uses the example of last year’s Rugby World Cup final, when New Zealand went in as hot favourites but were made to sweat for their one-point victory.
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Coach Steve Hansen points to a match at Eden Park 10 months ago to illustrate why the All Blacks will take nothing for granted against Australia in the second round of the Rugby Championship on Saturday.
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Wallabies coach Robbie Deans described Steve Hansen as “a very good fisherman” on Friday, but refused to take the bait from his New Zealand counterpart before Saturday’s Bledisloe Cup opener at ANZ Stadium.
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All Blacks coach Steve Hansen dismisses talk of a one-on-one rivalry with Robbie Deans yet isn’t afraid to fire a volley of psychological shots at his Wallabies counterpart.
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The All Blacks look set to take the same selection and playing blueprint from the Ireland series into the inaugural Rugby Championship which kicks off this month.
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The rested Wallabies will have a big advantage in their preparation for the Rugby Championship, according to All Blacks coach Steve Hansen.
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