Rugby Championship

Hansen wants Australia to improve

2016-08-29 08:34
Steve Hansen (Getty Images)

Sydney - Rugby needs Australia to get back to their best, All Black coach Steve Hansen said on Sunday.

The Wallabies have lost their last six Tests in a row and look a shadow of the team who reached last year’s World Cup final.

Hansen felt it was important for the health of the sport globally that Australia pull themselves together and get back to winning ways.

"Rugby is an important game, it's a lot more important than just us, we need them to be playing well and getting people to go along and watch them in Australia," Hansen told the Daily Telegraph.

"It's a tough market over there because you've got some other sports claiming part of the market. We want them to go well. Australian rugby is competing with other sports that might just be ahead of them at the moment, from a fan point of view.

"We want a strong southern hemisphere base for the game, we want our closest neighbours to be strong. They'll come right though, I'm confident of that. They've certainly got the players to be a very good side."

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