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All Black boss responds to Gatland attack




New Zealand Rugby Union chief executive Steve Tew has defended the All Black team after Wales coach Warren Gatland launched a scathing attack on the All Blacks and New Zealanders in general.

Gatland accused the All Blacks of not being able to name the Al Black’s opponents of matches because they were too arrogant.

Gatland is said to have tested his Wales side’s knowledge of Italy ahead of the recent RBS 6 Nations clash but questioned whether his compatriots employ a similar practice.

‘How many All Blacks would know the players in the Wales team if they were playing them tomorrow?’ he said.

The All Black’s have come under a huge amount of criticism since they were kicked out of the world cup in France last year when they exited the world cup earlier than ever before and this was in spite of them being overwhelming favourites.

Tew, in Hong Kong for an IRB function old PA Sport: ‘I did read Warren’s comments and I presume he’s got a reason for making them.

‘Certainly, from my experience, all of our professional rugby teams spend a considerable amount of time analysing the opposition, preparing for every game, so I find it a little bit hard to understand that criticism, but he’s entitled to his views.’   

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