Hansen cool on ANZAC game

2012-06-24 16:58

Wellington - All Black coach Steve Hansen has responded coolly to suggestions a combined Australia and New Zealand rugby team could play the British and Irish Lions in 2015 to mark the centenary of the Gallipoli campaign of World War I.

Australian Rugby Union chief executive John O'Neill raised the prospect last week, saying the match would be a fitting commemoration of the involvement of ANZAC or Australian and New Zealand troops in a campaign that claimed the lives of 130 000 soldiers on both sides.

Hansen said the concept was noble but a cluttered international rugby calendar left few opportunities for such matches.

He said "there aren't too many spare weekends and already we're asking our top players to play more rugby than they can handle."


  • ej.smith.589 - 2012-06-25 06:33

    GUESS WHAT? SBW IS NO MORE. This is his last season in Union. Hes deflected to Rugby League and will play in the NRL in 2013.

  • goofree - 2012-06-25 09:19

    Guess What!!! how do you know he has made no press release Steve Tew has given him authority too do so untill he say where he going will wait instead listening to other people pushing their own agender too go back too league

      ej.smith.589 - 2012-06-25 14:26

      have you been living in a cave lately?its on the news. His NZRU contract expires at the end of this year therefore his move to league next year

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