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Hansen : Wallabies will turn up for Rugby Championship




All Blacks head coach Steve Hansen has rejected suggestions that Australia’s Wallabies would not be competitive in the Rugby Championship.

Australia have lost their last four Test matches and went through the June Internationals without a win. In addition none of the Australian Super Rugby teams qualified for the Semi-finals.

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Hansen says that despite Australia’s form in Super Rugby it is “farcical” to think that they will not turn up for the Rugby Championship and points out they will have had more preparation time than the All Blacks.

“It’s farcical to think they (Australia) won’t turn up and create a tremendous competition in this Championship,” Hansen told the NZ Herald.

“Australia have got four weeks to prepare for the first test, we’ve got a week by the time we get everyone there, so that’s an advantage. ”

“They’ve brought some quality men back from overseas and they’ve also got a quality coach coming in from New Zealand by the name of Mick Byrne so that will enhance them as well.”

Australia have signed former assistant coach Mick Byrne who was with the All Blacks for 11 years and won two World Cups. Hansen says he has been assured that his former assistant wil not be giving away secrets about New Zealand Rugby.

“He’s told me he’s not going to talk about the All Blacks. ”

“He’s a good man, I trust his character and wish him all the best and we’ll have a bit of fun when we catch up.”

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