Steve Hansen said he was sure that World Rugby will not have the courage to kick the All Blacks out of the World Cups if NZ Rugby breaks the relationship and schedules its own games. In addition, the former All Blacks coach was upset that World Rugby’s attitude towards the well-being of the players since he considers that he is getting worse and that he is still subject to the powerful French and English clubs.
“World Rugby will not dictate who we have to play with, other than perhaps it is with a level two nation. Arranging your own matches would solve who is doing what, because if England wanted to play with us they would play. It does now, when it is out of the games designated by World Rugby, ” said the former All Blacks coach.
NZ Rugby is known to need a lot of money because the Covid-19 pandemic has ruined its balance sheet, and Hansen questioned why they should feel compelled to stick to the World Rugby levy when the Six Nations Unions have the final decision.
When Hansen was told that an angry World Rugby might try to seek retaliation by taking the All Blacks out of the World Cups, he was blunt and said, “I will tell you this way. Do you think they would like to have a World Cup without the All Blacks? It just wouldn’t happen because they couldn’t bear it. And why would they kick us out? For having an opinion? “
On the other hand, Hansen said that World Rugby cannot continue shooting more for one side than for the other: “There must be a change. They should not allow the French and English clubs to dictate the future of the game. Everyone is looking forward to the change. So let’s use that and do what’s right for the game and the players. ”