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Hansen: No RWC hangover

2012-03-27 08:28

Wellington - New All Blacks coach Steve Hansen says New Zealand's top rugby players are not suffering an emotional letdown after last year's Rugby World Cup victory despite some rusty performances at the start of the new season.

Several leading All Blacks have been out of form in the first five weeks of the Super 15 rugby tournament, prompting speculation they may be struggling to regain fitness and enthusiasm after October's World Cup victory.

Hansen, who took over as coach from Graham Henry after the World Cup, said All Blacks players aimed to peak later in the season and he was confident they would find form with more match play.

AP