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Hansen hypcracy
Posted by: gran
Date: 08/09/2019 15:23
Steve Hansen blasts World Rugby, Six Nations for lack of progress in Pacific [www.rugbypass.com]
Yet again we have a New Zealander blaming the problems for the three South Pacific nations on someone or something else, this time the six nations for not adjusting their schedules to accommodate a year long season.
The fact is that NZ is the rugby nation closest to the 3 and in the same time zone yet has done virtually nothing to support SP rugby apart from identifying the odd youngster and giving them a scholarship. Their ludicrous 90 odd point win over Tonga in yesterday's warm up should not disguise the fact that NZ and Oz are much keener to bring in franchises from Japan and Argentina for the money whilst ignoring a Fiji franchise in Nadi, a short flight from Auckland. Playing a Maori selection occasionally is not the same as having a SP franchise televised live and part of the super 14's.
It is rank hypocracy to try to blame the poor state of Tonga rugby on the northern hemisphere. Bristol provide contracts to the captains of Tonga and Samoa, and I suggest that Piutau and Vui probably appreciate the security that this brings. If NZ pulled its weight a bit more the next generation might find opportunities closer to home.

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