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Hansen pokes hurting Wallabies

18th August 2013 11:17

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All Blacks coach Steve Hansen had a playful jibe at his counterpart Ewen McKenzie's dilemma of who to play at fly-half going into this week's fixture.

Matt Toomua was steady on his Test debut, making way for Quade Cooper on the hour mark. And when asked who McKenzie would pick for Wellington Hansen enjoyed giving a playful answer.

"At the end of the week Ewen's got to pick the team and you better ask him. He may not know, but ask him anyway," he told reporters.

"I don't pick the Australian teams. I think they're both good players, but I'm just happy that I've got Dan Carter and Aaron Cruden and Beauden Barrett for that matter."

In reference to Cooper's New Zealand heritage, Hansen added: "All five of those people are very good rugby players, and four of them are New Zealanders... and actually I'm not sure where Toomua was born either, it might be all five."

According to the Wallabies' media guide, Toomua was born in Melbourne.

Hansen said he believes the All Blacks have "more luck" going for them at the moment than the Wallabies.

"I've always thought Australian rugby was good, strong. Hence why they're two or three in the world, they tend to rotate a bit with the South Africans and ourselves," he said.

"It's just at the moment we seem to have more luck against them than they have against us.

"But I think they've got the nucleus of a very good side, yeah, I think they've had the nucleus of a good side for a long time."

The All Blacks can wrap up the Bledisloe Cup for a eleventh straight year with victory in Wellington next week. The third game of the series is in Dunedin on October 19.

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