Hansen hails England streak

Date published: March 12 2017

New Zealand head coach Steve Hansen has praised England after they equalled their 18-match unbeaten streak with a 61-21 win over Scotland.

The victory at Twickenham saw England draw level with the All Blacks for consecutive wins, with Hansen quick to congratulate their rivals.

"I'd like to congratulate England on equalling the record," New Zealand's head coach told BBC Radio Five Live's Sportsweek programme.

"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."

He added: "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."

When asked who'd win if England were to face New Zealand at the current time, however, Hansen's answer was understandably blunt.

"Being the All Blacks coach I would like to think we would," he said.

"But Eddie being the England coach he would like to think he would. When the time comes it's going to be a cracker.

"It's something rugby people will want to see and, hopefully, the game lives up to all the hype when it eventually happens because there will be plenty."