Rugby World Cup 2019: ‘Thanks Eddie’ – England coach gives away Steve Hansen’s Japanese coaching gig

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England coach Eddie Jones and New Zealand coach Steve Hansen shake hands before the Rugby World Cup semifinal at Yokohama.

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England coach Eddie Jones and New Zealand coach Steve Hansen shake hands before the Rugby World Cup semifinal at Yokohama.

With friends like England coach Eddie Jones, who needs enemies?  

Steve Hansen is yet to publicly confirm the worst-kept secret in the rugby world – his next coaching destination.

But Jones has done it for him after England beat the All Blacks 19-7 in the Rugby World Cup semifinal in Yokohama on Saturday night.

In the midst of a generous tribute to Hansen – his pal and arch-rival of the last 22 years – let it slip the All Blacks coach is off to join Japanese club Toyota Verblitz.

“He’s going to be missed from the game,” Jones said. 

England coach Eddie Jones and New Zealand coach Steve Hansen have been rivals and friends since 1997.

Christophe Ena

England coach Eddie Jones and New Zealand coach Steve Hansen have been rivals and friends since 1997.

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