All Blacks’ coach Steve Hansen has rubbished a claim that the All Blacks are “cynical cheats”.
“New Zealand, the most positive attacking team in the world, have their flip side. They are also the most cynical cheats at a breakdown,” Barnes wrote.
When asked by a reporter about Barnes’ analysis, Hansen was quick to shut down talk of his team playing dirty at the breakdown.
“I haven’t even given it any thought, waste of time,” Hansen said.
He went on to say: “We’re no different than any other team at the breakdown, but he’s got to say something because he has to sell his papers.”
Hansen said he is instead focused on the All Blacks putting in a good performance against Tonga in Hamilton this weekend.