Rugby

Hansen tells Cheika to focus on his own team

2016-08-14 20:41
Steve Hansen (Getty Images)

Cape Town - All Blacks boss Steve Hansen has urged his Wallabies counterpart Michael Cheika to focus on his own team ahead of Saturday's Bledisloe Cup opener in Sydney.

Last week, Cheika suggested that Hansen would have several selection headaches ahead of their showdown which is also the opening Rugby Championship Test.

Hansen has remained loyal to his players in the past but the superb form of openside flanker Ardie Savea and fly-half Beauden Barrett during the Hurricanes' victorious Super Rugby campaign has led to suggstions that they could replace Test incumbents Sam Cane and Aaron Cruden.

But Hansen has instructed Cheika to focus on his own side.

"It’s good of an Australian coach to start picking our team," he said.

"I’d say he’s got enough problems of his own, probably.

"We’ll pick ours and he can pick his, and he’ll have a lot to say no doubt."

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