Thursday , January 20 2022

Steve Hansen expects Conor Murray to face Every God


There is no internal information, let alone the "Irish game" but Steve Stanen, New Zealand's coach, fully expects Conor Murray to start for Ireland next Saturday at the Aviva stadium.

"I assume that Conor Murray will play," said Hansen, not five minutes into the All Blacks media briefing at home temporarily at the Crowne Plaza in Blanchardstown (the Republic of Ireland squad was selected guest accommodation Castleknock). "So they have a spine. Murray and Sexton are two of the best players in the world, they're driving you around the park well."

The concern about Murray's throat is mentioned, without playing any rugby since the third Test in Australia last June.

"Brodie Retallick had not played a lot," said Hansen, a former world player of the year who destroyed the English line on Saturday despite the loss of two months this season. "Big players are rising. If they think they're right to play, let them play. They're competitors and if Conor Murray says he's right to play, he's really playing . "

Following Argentina's 28-17 defeat, Ireland's coach, Joe Schmidt, said he would speak to Murray but the final decision to face New Zealand would lie with the 29 year old.

"This is not the injury," explained Schmidt. "It's really how Conor is ready and how fit it is. It's hard to throw it into a game of this size, so it's very unlikely it will be take part. "

The Irish coach will let Conor Murray make his own mind about playing New Zealand. Photograph: Ryan Byrne / Inpho

The Irish coach will let Conor Murray make his own mind about playing New Zealand. Photograph: Ryan Byrne / Inpho

Hansen's clear opinion – almost persuaded Murray to return – is very contrasted with the careful opinion of Schmidt but the 59-year-old remains are convinced about Murray's return.

"Yes, I am. Are you anxious?"

Any internal information?

"No, I'll believe he'll play. I do not say that to turn any trouble," said Hansen. "I think he's a real competitor, he wants to play. If there were a boys, they would put their hand up."

How much damage did Murray do during the 2016 victory over New Zealand in Chicago?

"I do not know if it did that, the damage was made. When your five tight influences you, your loose becomes dominated and a half dominates. The difference is its quite useful player. "

On the advice that Hansen could have for Schmidt, who has been abducted to succeed him as a New Zealand coach, he went away: "If I had any advice to him, we would not tell him they'll be through the media. If I need my advice, it will ask me over a cold beer or coffee cup. It's a smart man, Joe will do what's right to & # 39 ; w family. The same as we all of us. "

Sonny Bill Williams held joint damage to AC in the 16-15 narrow victory over England in Twickenham and when Hansen expects the Rugby & Alliance ex-rehabilitation recovery, Ngani Laumape joins & # 39 ; the panel.

"There's a pretty good opportunity [SBW] ok, but Ngani ends. Everyone else is fine so we have a full decks to choose from. "

That shows the preparation of the Ryan Crotty and Jack Goodhue center with Williams possibly making the bench.

The battle lines between these two sides are obviously apparent since the violent assault at the Aviva stadium in November 2016.

"Unfortunately I'm not Argentina, I think we're a better team than them, and I know that Ireland will be a better team when they play us because everyone seems to find another 10 percent because it's a good story if you're beating the Black ".

What do world champions especially admire about the team that has got a number two in the world?

"They're winning, there's a lot to like about that. They've built a game that's right for them and they have a player depth. Oh Brien is going away yesterday and Leavy is getting on and playing so well.

"The last ones against Ireland have been very good Test games – we got out of the clock in 2013, Chicago won and we have to work very hard next time .

"There's a fierce competition there. The two packages will be for supremacy."

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