Beauden Barrett Rugby World Cup 2019: Steve Hansen says All Blacks ‘can’t tell you Irish too much’

Beauden Barrett Rugby World Cup 2019: Steve Hansen says All Blacks ‘can’t tell you Irish too much’

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Steve Hansen is being given the full celebrity treatment by Japanese fans at the Rugby World Cup but says, ‘I’m not a god, I’m just a normal bloke.’.

Steve Hansen quipped that he “can’t tell you Irish too much” when quizzed about whether he plans to mix and match Beauden Barrett and Richie Mo’unga at the Rugby World Cup.

Hansen, speaking at a press conference in Tokyo, made several references to Ireland being the number one team in the world – and World Cup favourites.

He made a point about first five eighths being the “main computers of the game”.

“They drive it. All the good teams have good 10s [first fives]. Look at the all the teams that are coming here thinking they can win it, they’ve got good 10s and a lot of them have good nines [halfbacks] as well.”

Beauden Barrett Steve Hansen had Irish eyes smiling at a Rugby World Cup press conference (FILE PHOTO).

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Steve Hansen had Irish eyes smiling at a Rugby World Cup press conference (FILE PHOTO).

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Beauden Barrett Beauden Barrett (L) and Richie Mo'unga are the All Blacks' first five-eighth options at the Rugby World Cup.

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Beauden Barrett (L) and Richie Mo’unga are the All Blacks’ first five-eighth options at the Rugby World Cup.

But when an Irish journalist asked if the All Blacks would be mixing Barrett and Mo’unga at No 18, Hansen became coy.

“I can’t be telling you Irish too much. You are number one in the world. You should be telling us. What do you think? Think it’s a goo

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