Emmanuel Langellier, Media365: Posted on Tuesday, August 22, 2023 at 5:29 pm.
With former All Blacks manager Steve Hansen joining the Australia staff just days before the World Cup, the news is getting worse in New Zealand.
With the 2023 World Cup fast approaching, two big Oval nations are under stress over one event in particular. He also goes by the name Steve Hansen. What do you think of Hansen, former New Zealand coach? Exactly! We explain to you: the former All Blacks technician who led the best nation on the planet to the world title in 2015 has just joined the staff of … Australia! Overcoming the Wallabies’ arch-rivals, New Zealand, will be tough.
A former assistant to Graham Henry from 2004 to 2011, then coach of the Blacks until 2019, his friend Eddie Jones joined the Australian set-up for a few days as a consultant to carry out an audit following a call from their coach. France’s next opponents are the Wallabies on August 27 at the Stade de France. Financially unpaid work according to the Australian Federation. But that didn’t quell the huge controversy in rugby nation. In New Zealand this is experienced as a real betrayal.
Dan Coles Believed a Joke, New Zealand Prime Minister “Shocked”
Dan Coles, an experienced blacks hooker, initially thought it was a joke when told the news. Then, realizing the truth of the information, he said he was “stunned”. “To be honest, it hurts a little. Steve is an icon for New Zealand players. I am literally speechless. After all he brought the All Blacks into the jersey to do this… but hey, there’s nothing we can do about it,” Coles said. For his part, New Zealand Prime Minister Chris Hipkins was “appalled”. Should we let Steve Hansen in now? “We must revoke his citizenship!” “, he immediately replied, bursting into laughter before starting: “It’s a joke, to be very clear! »
Steve Hansen, he had to justify himself. “I want to reassure everyone that I am not joining the Wallabies for the Rugby World Cup,” the former New Zealand coach explained on New Zealand Radio Newstalk ZB’s microphone. I am only here for three or four days at the request of my good friend Eddie. Bigger than anyone, so I’m happy to do it. Australia are in Group ‘C’ at the World Cup with Wales, Fiji, Georgia and Portugal.
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