Opinion: Hansen needs to stop trash talking and get on with coaching

Steve Hansen has fired up the Australian media after making some insinuating comments about a Wallabies selection.


If there is one thing that leaps forward when you think about Steve Hansen, it’s that he isn’t afraid to do some trash talking in the media days before a test match against the Wallabies. 

Today it was reported that Hansen made a comment which hinted that the Wallabies selection of Kurtley Beale was politicly motivated. Wether the media took Hansen’s comments in a different direction than the All Black coach intended is not the point here. The point is, questioning a selection in the Australian side using political reasoning, or making a comment which has that sort of effect to journalists based on unsupported rumor, is completely unreasonable and a little below the belt from the All Black coach.

As memory serves, Beale performed well in the recent Waratahs victory over the Crusaders.

Suggesting that Ewen McKenzie selected Beale in the Wallabies squad due to pressure from the ARU because of reports that the NRL are looking to bring the talented play maker over to Rugby League is not only unsupported, but a really laughable cheap shot at the Wallabies by the All Black coach.

It is time Steve Hansen focused less on scoring cheap verbal points against the Wallabies in the week of these Bledisloe Cup test matches.  

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