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Steve Hansen sings Eddie Jones’s praises while reworking All Black machine

The New Zealand and England head coaches are killing each other with kindness as they plan for a likely semi-final showdown at the 2019 World Cup

When Steve Hansen lauds the detective work of Eddie Jones it can be considered high praise indeed, bearing in mind the New Zealander’s previous career as a police officer. He struggled to keep a straight face when discussing the dossiers Jones has instructed his 15 Lions to compile on the All Blacks – “Everyone’s got dossiers, it just depends what label you’ve got on them” – but New Zealand’s head coach acknowledged his rival’s recent analysis of the All Blacks and pointedly resisted throwing any of the grenades he was happy to dispatch in Warren Gatland’s direction during the Lions tour.

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