Eddie Jones Compares All Blacks Coach Steve Hansen To The ‘Big Bad Wolf’
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Eddie Jones has responded to Steve Hansen’s comments, comparing him to the ‘Big Bad Wolf.’
The All Blacks boss welcomed England equalling the All Blacks’ unbeaten 18-match Test record by saying it is good for international rugby.
Eddie Jones’ side tied the All Blacks record with their 61-21 demolition of Scotland on Saturday and Hansen believes it is down to the work ethic Jones has instilled in his squad.
“I’d like to congratulate England on equalling the record,” Hansen said.
“It’s great for rugby because we want competition and games that people want to watch and get excited by. Eddie has come in and installed a want and a desire that probably hasn’t been there before.”
“We’ve always felt England have had plenty of talent but not always been willing to work hard. But they seem to be doing that now under Eddie, and it’s no surprise that they’re putting a run together that’s pretty impressive.”
“Sometimes you get talented players, but they don’t have that work ethic. It’s not the players’ fault, but then someone comes in their lives, a parent, a teacher or in this case Eddie as a coach, who instils a work ethic and creates a vision that excites them and people change their habits.”
Jones however has responded to Hansen’s comments, comparing him to the ‘Big Bad Wolf’ from Little Red Riding Hood as he prepares his side for a Grand Slam decider against Ireland on Saturday.
“It’s a bit like Little Red Riding Hood and the Big Bad Wolf when the wolf comes dressed up as the grandmother,” Jones said.
“When an All Black coach is complimenting you, you always have to be careful.”
The England boss has made it clear that his only focus right now is Ireland in Dublin on Saturday.
“We don’t have to worry about [New Zealand] because we are not playing them,” he said.
“All we have to do is worry about playing against Ireland.”
We can’t wait for Hansen’s response.