Steve Hansen lauds England and Eddie Jones after record matching win

New Zealand coach Steve Hansen believes England's record-equalling unbeaten Test run is good for international rugby.
New Zealand coach Steve Hansen believes England's record-equalling unbeaten Test run is good for international rugby.
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New Zealand head coach Steve Hansen credited England and their boss Eddie Jones after the red rose team matched All Blacks' world record of 18 consecutive wins.

All Blacks' streak of 18 successive victories started in August 2015 and ended in November last year when they were shocked by Ireland in Chicago and during this phase, Hansen's men also went on to register their second consecutive World Cup win as well.

Meanwhile, England under Jones have won the Six Nations title twice in successive years, registered a maiden series victory in Australia and also an undefeated autumn international campaign.

New Zealand top the World Rugby rankings with 94.78 points while England are positioned second with 91.02 rating points and Hansen believes the turnaround was possible because of Jones, who instilled ethics and belief in the squad.

"I'd like to congratulate England on equalling the record," Hansen told BBC Radio Five Live's Sportsweek programme.

"It's great for rugby because we want competition and games that people want to watch and get excited by.

"Eddie has come in and installed a want and a desire that probably hasn't been there before.

"We've always felt England have had plenty of talent but not always been willing to work hard.

"But they seem to be doing that now under Eddie, and it's no surprise that they're putting a run together that's pretty impressive.

"Sometimes you get talented players, but they don't have that work ethic.

"It's not the players' fault, but then someone comes in their lives, a parent, a teacher or in this case Eddie as a coach, who instils a work ethic and creates a vision that excites them and people change their habits."

The two teams last met during November 2014 and do not have any immediate fixtures scheduled between them as well.

Asked who would win, if both teams face each other, Hansen replied: "Being the All Blacks coach I would like to think we would.

"But Eddie being the England coach he would like to think he would.

"When the time comes it's going to be a cracker.

"It's something rugby people will want to see and, hopefully, the game lives up to all the hype when it eventually happens because there will be plenty."

 

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