'Australia are a good young team trying to rebuild themselves' - Steve Hansen

Steve Hansen coached New Zealand between 2012 and 2019
Steve Hansen coached New Zealand between 2012 and 2019

Former All Blacks head coach Steve Hansen stated that the Wallabies squad for the upcoming Rugby World Cup is young side looking to establish themselves.

Australia coach Eddie Jones has left out experienced players like Quade Cooper and Michael Hooper from the squad banking on the young players despite the team yet to register a win from four matches since he took in charge for the second time in his career.

Jones had opted to invite the 2015 World Cup winning former New Zealand coach Hansen on a short-term advisory role to aid them in their preparation with the showpiece event kicking off in France next month.

“They're rebuilding themselves, trying to reestablish themselves,” Hansen told Newstalk ZB.

“Eddie seems pretty hellbent on having his own Australian style and he's picked a young team.

“He's left a lot of the senior players out and, and as a result... I wouldn't call them naive but they're young as far as test experience goes.

“...the All Blacks themselves have come through some adversity in the last 12 months and it's made them stronger and I think the Australians will have to do the same.”

Hansen also confirmed that he would be involved with the Australian team only for 'three to four days' and it is reported that there is no financial commitment involved for his short-term role.

“I’m only here for about three or four days at the request of Eddie, a good mate of mine, just to give him some feedback on what he's doing as opposed to anything else," Hansen added.

“Rugby is bigger than all of us, so I’m happy to do that.”