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Rugby Union - Police career puts rugby in perspective - Hansen

AFP logoAFP 6/07/2017

New Zealand All Blacks coach Steve Hansen (C) arrives for training with his staff ahead of their game against the British and Irish Lions in Wellington on June 29, 2017.The New Zealand All Blacks will play the British and Irish Lions in the second rugby Test in Wellington on July 1. © Provided by AFP New Zealand All Blacks coach Steve Hansen (C) arrives for training with his staff ahead of their game against the British and Irish Lions in Wellington on June 29, 2017.The New Zealand All Blacks will play the British and Irish Lions in the second rugby Test in Wellington on July 1. Steve Hansen may be one defeat away from becoming only the second New Zealand rugby coach to lose a Test series to the British and Irish Lions, but he is keen to put that into perspective.

Whilst rugby is like a religion to the Kiwis, Hansen said his previous experience as a policeman has prepared him well should the Lions beat them in Auckland on Saturday.

"I had a lot of experience in different things that had shaped me as the person I am today," said Hansen, who joined the police when he was 30.

"Policing became one of those things, no greater than the others. But it did expose me to a couple of people who were very influential on me and it exposed me to experiences that give you a sense of reality that rugby’s just a game."

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