Rugby World Cup 2019: Wallabies coach Michael Cheika dismisses Steve Hansen’s ‘Mickey Mouse’ jibe ahead of Bledisloe test

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All Blacks coach Steve Hansen says he has plenty of respect for his Wallabies rival Michael Cheika and labelling him as “Mickey Mouse” earlier this year was in jest.

The opposing coaches have traded spicy barbs over the years and ahead of the Bledisloe Cup test in Perth on Saturday Hansen was put on the spot about his comment.

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Hansen made headlines in February when he mocked Cheika at a charity event in Wellington.

Ex-Wallabies star Mark Ella had said: “Mickey Mouse could coach the All Blacks to victory” and Hansen responded by saying: “They’ve got Mickey Mouse c

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