Sunday 25 February 2018

Hansen's whinge is pot calling kettle black

Tony Ward

Tony Ward

As a long-term admirer of All Blacks head coach Steve Hansen, I confess to being acutely disappointed in his cheap shot at Australian Rugby -- made in the immediate aftermath of Saturday's Bledisloe Cup draw in Brisbane -- for daring to attract outside players, specifically those New Zealand-born, to the Wallabies cause.

The long history of South Sea Island players being pilfered -- the New Zealand Rugby Union would suggest "attracted" -- to the Land of the Long White Cloud, hardly needs elaborating from me, other than to point out the obvious hypocrisy in Hansen's most unnecessary and, I would have thought, uncharacteristic rant.

Hansen (pictured) was specifically having a cut at New Zealand-born Mike Harris, currently piling up the points for his adopted country and kicking five more successful penalties when denying the All Blacks victory on Saturday. Amazing how it's okay for someone to take sweets out of everyone else's bag so long as no sweets are being taken out of theirs!

Forgive the cynic in me, but I can't help feeling that if the Aran Islands warranted a New Zealand recruitment drive, the unashamed Kiwis would be at the top of that queue too.

Irish Independent

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