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Jones right in saying NZ beatable: Hansen

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 15/09/2016
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England coach Eddie Jones' jibe that the All Blacks are beatable has found an unlikely backer in coach Steve Hansen.

Jones, who has been brought north to topple the All Blacks as the world's best Test side, told UK media the Kiwis had significant weaknesses to exploit.

However the Australian wouldn't reveal those weaknesses until 2018, closer to the next World Cup in Japan.

The world champions have played near-perfect rugby in 2016, thrice outclassing Wales in June before blowing away Australia in the Bledisloe Cup.

They experienced a small scare in the first half of Saturday's match against Argentina but eventually cruised to a 57-22 win.

"New Zealand are head of the pack but they have flaws in their game," Jones said.

"They're a bloody good side but they're beatable."

Hansen told reporters on Thursday that Jones wasn't completely wrong.

All sides had strong and weak points to their game, including England.

"He's not being a rocket scientist saying that," Hansen said.

"The key is recognising that you have them and making sure you work away quietly in fixing them."

Jones later had a crack at New Zealand for controlling world rugby through the large number of Kiwis in international coaching roles.

Warren Gatland coaches Wales and the Lions, Joe Schmidt coaches Ireland, Vern Cotter is in charge of Scotland and Jamie Joseph is at the helm of Japan.

"They control every bit of rugby," Jones said.

"Every law that's changed, New Zealand drive it."

Again, he found a surprisingly sympathetic ear in Hansen.

But allegations of controlling world rugby might be pushing the envelope, according to the All Blacks coach.

"If you look at what he's really saying, he's right there too with regards to the coaching," Hansen said.

"Our coaches are all around the world."

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