Hansen, Gatland are pals

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June 30, 2017
Hansen, Gatland are pals

KEEPING COOL: Steve Hansen

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen denies a “feud” with his British and Irish Lions counterpart Warren Gatland, saying the media had blown their rivalry out of proportion.

Earlier this week, Hansen branded Gatland’s complaints about All Blacks diving at the legs of Conor Murray in the first Test as “desperate”.

Hansen, whose side can wrap up the three-Test series with victory at Westpac Stadium tomorrow (9.35am), played down suggestions that he was in a war of words with Gatland.

He says: “I read somewhere that I, ‘lashed out at Warren Gatland’. I haven’t lashed out at Gatland, at all.

“I’ve got a lot of respect for him and I’m looking forward to having a beer with him and a chuckle about life.

“We’ve got a lot of common interests. It’s the media that ramp it up because it sells you guys newspapers.”

New Zealand: 15 Israel Dagg, 14 Waisake Naholo, 13 Anton Lienert-Brown, 12 Sonny Bill Williams, 11 Rieko Ioane, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Kieran Read (captain), 7 Sam Cane, 6 Jerome Kaino, 5 Sam Whitelock, 4 Brodie Retallick, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Codie Taylor, 1 Joe Moody. Bench: 16 Nathan Harris, 17 Wyatt Crockett, 18 Charlie Faumuina, 19 Scott Barrett, 20 Ardie Savea, 21 TJ Perenara, 22 Aaron Cruden, 23 Ngani Laumape.

Lions: 15 Liam Williams, 14 Anthony Watson, 13 Jonathan Davies, 12 Owen Farrell, 11 Elliot Daly, 10 Johnny Sexton, 9 Conor Murray, 8 Taulupe Faletau, 7 Sean O’Brien, 6 Sam Warburton (captain), 5 Alun Wyn Jones, 4 Maro Itoje, 3 Tadhg Furlong, 2 Jamie George, 1 Mako Vunipola. Bench: 16 Ken Owens, 17 Jack McGrath, 18 Kyle Sinckler, 19 Courtney Lawes, 20 CJ Stander, 21 Rhys Webb, 22 Ben Te’o, 23 Jack Nowell.

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