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All Black boss Hansen hails Jones's England

AFP logoAFP 12/03/2017
New Zealand's coach Steve Hansen attends the rugby union Test match between France and New Zealand at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, north of Paris, on November 26, 2016.New Zealand won 19-24. © Provided by AFP New Zealand's coach Steve Hansen attends the rugby union Test match between France and New Zealand at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, north of Paris, on November 26, 2016.New Zealand won 19-24.

New Zealand coach Steve Hansen praised the renewed "work ethic" and "vision" shown by England under Eddie Jones after they equalled the All Blacks' record of 18 consecutive Test wins.

England drew level with the world champions' mark in style, thrashing oldest rivals Scotland 61-21 at Twickenham.

Many have questioned the exact worth of England's achievement given they have not played New Zealand, the world's number one ranked side, in their winning sequence and are not due to face the All Blacks again until 2018 at the earliest.

But a sporting Hansen told BBC Radio Five on Sunday: "I'd like to congratulate England on equalling the record.

It's great for rugby because we want competition and games that people want to watch and get excited by.

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