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Rugby Union: What can Steve Hansen add to the Wallabies camp?

There were certainly a few eyebrows raised on both sides of the Tasman when it was revealed Sir Steve Hansen would be briefly offering up his services to Australia ahead of the 2023 World Cup.

The former New Zealand head coach, who helped the All Blacks win the World Cup in 2015, had some great battles with the Wallabies over the years but has shown up to help fellow coach Eddie Jones in his hour of need.

What2023 Rugby World Cup
WhereFrance
WhenSaturday 9th September – Monday 29th October 2023
How to watchStan Sport, Kayo, Foxtel
OddsNew Zealand 3.75, France 4.00, South Africa 4.33, Ireland 5.50, Australia 11.00

Shock from New Zealand

The news certainly made the headlines in New Zealand, where veteran All Blacks hooker Dan Coles said he was “gobsmacked” to discover Hansen would be helping the Wallabies.

Even New Zealand’s Prime Minister Chris Hipkins reacted to the news by joking he would cancel Hansen's citizenship.

While much of the comments were made in jest, the reports of Hansen helping Jones and Wallabies before the major tournament on French soil caught many off guard.

Amid the media frenzy, Hansen said: "I'd just like to put everybody's mind at rest that I haven't joined the Wallabies for the Rugby World Cup.

"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 is doing. Rugby is bigger than all of us, so happy to do that."

Jones not afraid to seek help

As one of the most experienced head coaches in world rugby, Jones has shown he is not one to think he’s above help or advise.

Jones has often dipped his toe in other sports, like rugby league and even soccer, to try and learn training techniques or approaches that can help give his sides the edge on game day.

Australia could certainly use the help after suffering defeats in all of their last five games heading into their World Cup opener against Georgia on 10th September.

The Wallabies are 1.90 to win with -22 in the Line market, while Georgia are 11.00 to cause a shock and secure the win on the World Cup’s opening weekend.  

No doubting Hansen’s credentials

Australia skipper Will Skelton welcomed Hansen’s arrival in camp and felt the Kiwi coach provided “wisdom” with his feedback.

The onus for the Wallabies is to explore every avenue available to them to be successful at this World Cup.

Australia have found themselves in a tough spot heading into the major tournament and not where they wanted to be in their cycle heading into the major competition.

With another four years to go until the next World Cup, this current crop of Australian players will be doing all they can to make this tournament a success..

Jones has looked at all options and perhaps Hansen’s insight can help the Wallabies, as they prepare to face Wales, Fiji, Georgia and Portugal in their pool.

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