Steve Hansen Makes Very Bold Claim About England Game

Bigger.

All Blacks boss Steve Hansen reckons this weekend’s  Test between England and New Zealand at Twickenham is bigger than last year’s British and Irish Lions series.

Hansen reckons it has become an even bigger game because of their failure to win the series. Hansen says drawing the series “wasn’t successful” for the All Blacks, who expected to win.

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“I think (the England match is) even bigger actually. I think the Lions tour has made it bigger because we weren’t successful,” said Hansen

“In only drawing the series, that wasn’t successful to us. That’s made this week have a sharper edge to it, which is good.

“You’ve got to be reasonably stupid if you can’t work out this is going to be big. There’s 80,000 people, it’s all over the papers, everyone’s talking about it, you can’t get a ticket.”

“You’d have to be on holiday, I reckon, if you didn’t work out that this is going to be big. And we haven’t got anybody on holiday this week.”

Hansen says New Zealand would be “foolish” to write England off this weekend, but insists there is no added pressure on his side.

“I don’t know who’s writing them off, it would be foolish to do that. But does it put pressure on us? No.” Hansen added

“There’s already pressure on us, the one constant thing about being in the All Blacks is you’re under pressure because you’re expected to win every Test match you play and not only win it, win it really, really well.”

“Once you come to realise that then life becomes a little easier. And it does at times give you an advantage because when other teams get put under pressure of having to win big games, they haven’t experienced that as much as maybe we have.”