Steve Hansen says England can be ‘rubbing their arms’ on the prospect of an ‘straightforward’ World Cup passage… as the previous All Blacks coach hits out on the lopsided event with the present top-five groups on the opposite half of the draw
- Steve Hansen has slammed the lopsided nature of the World Cup draw
- Eire, France, New Zealand, South Africa and Scotland are on the identical aspect
- He says Australia and England can be ‘rubbing their arms’ due to this
Steve Hansen says England needs to be ‘rubbing their arms’ on the prospect of an ‘straightforward’ passage via this 12 months’s World Cup.
The draw was made again in 2020 and the present top-five groups – Eire, France, New Zealand, South Africa and Scotland – are all on the identical half of the draw.
Three of the top-five nations will crash out earlier than the semi-finals and Hansen, who lifted the trophy twice with the All Blacks, has criticised the lopsided nature of the event.
‘The World Cup goes to be nice,’ stated Hansen, who will coach a World XV towards the Barbarians this weekend. ‘You’ve got received so many good groups.
‘I do not get the draw, when you’ve got the highest 5 nations all on one aspect of the draw, that does not make sense,’
Steve Hansen insists England can be ‘rubbing their arms’ over the World Cup draw as he prepares to teach a World XV towards the Barbarians this weekend
England are on the alternative half of the draw to the present top-five sides on this planet
‘There’s going to be one of many high three nations on this planet kicked out within the quarter-finals and individuals are going to berate them.
‘In case you are Australia or England for the time being, you might be rubbing your arms, aren’t you? You will get a straightforward journey in when you do issues proper.
‘They’re on the proper aspect of the pool. They’re not going to be knocking each other out. Are Australia a present? Yeah I believe they’re a giant present. I believe England are a present for a similar cause. They’re on that aspect of the pool and so they’re being left alone whereas the large guys all knock themselves out.
‘Scotland’s quantity 5 on this planet and they’re in the identical pool as primary (Eire) and quantity three (South Africa) – an unsightly previous pool.
‘What did they use to name that, the pool of demise? In 2015, it was Australia, England and Wales.’
Hansen can be developing towards former England coach Eddie Jones within the teaching field at Twickenham on Sunday.
Former Wallabies full-back Israel Folau, who was sacked by Australia 4 years in the past for homophobic social media posts, is a part of the World XV and Hansen hailed the choice to fly the delight flag on the match.
‘I believe it’s nice, it’s a consequence of Folau’s choice and I believe it’s a great factor,’ stated Hansen.
It means England will keep away from the likes of reigning holders South Africa (pictured) till the ultimate
‘I do know by choosing him that there can be some folks harm. And I get that. Nevertheless, I need these folks to grasp that Israel’s perception and views are usually not ours. And we don’t agree with them.
‘It’s a chance to indicate help to that flag. I don’t have an issue with it, I believe it’s nice.
‘There wouldn’t be one there if Israel wasn’t enjoying so every time we will carry consideration to people who find themselves struggling in a constructive approach I believe that’s good. They should be liked and cared as a lot as anyone else.’