Hansen brushes off talk of McCaw citing

Date published: October 25 2015

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All Blacks head coach Steve Hansen gave short shrift to the possibility of Richie McCaw being cited when speaking to the media on Sunday.

Video circulated on social media appearing to show McCaw making contact with the head of South Africa flanker Francois Louw while running around the side of the ruck.

Interpretations of the supposed incident have been mixed but Hansen dismissed the idea that McCaw would receieve any kind of punishment. 

“There’s nothing in it so there’s nothing to talk about. Everyone’s got a bit excited and we move on," Hansen said.

The All Blacks boss went on to add that McCaw's reputation meant he would always be linked to any potential citings more than other players.

“He’s a man that draws a lot of attention because he’s a great player, maybe the greatest player in the history of the game, and if he’s not in your team, then he’s a pain in the rear end," he added.

"So if you can’t get him on the track, let’s get him off the track sort of thing.

"It’s a mark of respect really. He takes it in his stride.”

Hansen went on to add that he wasn't entirely happy with the performance of referee Jérôme Garcès, although he had agreed with some of his penalty decisions.

“I have watched it and a lot of the penalties were justified," Hansen stated.

"There’s a couple I didn’t agree with so I’ll have to talk to Joel (Jutge, World Rugby head of referees) about the interpretation.

"I’m talking mainly about Reado’s (Kieran Read) entry into the maul. I felt he was in the maul and had every right to do what he was doing, so I have to check that one out.

"My only concern is that while we’re getting penalised for things, the same things are happening on the opposition and they weren’t. You just want consistency.”

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