All Blacks against Ireland headlines November series

Grant SmithNov 10, 2018

'I just think the game is getting more intense.

Instead, they were at the ground, a neat little tactic which may or may not give them an advantage ahead of their first meeting with England in four years, but one which at least suggests they and the team's management can occasionally play their cards close to their chests.

They were recognised by those supporters around them, with pictures asked for and given, but otherwise they were left alone to watch England sneak home 12-11 against South Africa in a test which would have taught them and their fellow All Blacks plenty about how the men in white will defend in particular. It's just in a different wrapper.

"It's a massive opportunity for us to see how good we prepare for yet another big game - that's what we're focusing on", he said.

"The only people that don't understand what it's like to be a head coach of an global team are the people who've never been one".

"And looking from afar, I think he's doing a pretty good job".

"We usually talk either by text or by phone, probably every second week", said Hansen.

"But you know that, you know that there's going to be pressure with the job, and you accept that and you get on with it".

The New Zealand Herald says that Ben Smith and Brodie Retallick were among a group of All Blacks who passed up the chance to receive free tickets from the Rugby Football Union (RFU), and instead slipped into Twickenham to sit among fans and "get some intelligence on the enemy they will face on Saturday". The enormous experience Jones has and the English representatives on last year's Lions tour, the home side can also request the erstwhile All Blacks coach John Mitchell and Brad Shields until presently the Hurricanes captain in Super Rugby. "They obviously have a very good league and maybe our stuff is not shown on telly there". "It's always good to have other people who are doing a similar role to yourself to be able to talk to... you've got to have some form of relationship that allows you to get on with each other".

"He's had some success against New Zealand in the past, but hopefully he doesn't get any on Saturday", Hansen said of Jones. "They do it in rugby league in Australia".

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