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Steve Hansen reacts to Warren Gatland admitting he hated to Lions tour

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New Zealand rugby coach Steve Hansen was astonished by Warren Gatland's recent comments.

Last week the now-former British and Irish Lions coach revealed that he 'hated' the tour of New Zealand, despite picking up a very respectable draw against the All Blacks.

But Hansen's response was simple: 'If you hate coaching, don't do it'.

Since the tour concluded, Gatland has been criticised by Ireland flanker Sean O'Brien and England's Billy Vunipola. And All Blacks coach Hansen is the latest name to question Gatland's decisions.

"I have only just heard it (Gatland's comments) because I don't read too much about what coaches are saying and doing", Hansen told Radio Sport, as per the Daily Mail.

"Why would you hate coaching the Lions? If you hate coaching, don't do it. I love coaching any team I have been involved in - that is the reason I am doing it."

"I am lucky enough to coach the All Blacks, which is fantastic, if you are lucky enough to coach the Lions it is also fantastic."

Gatland admitted he dislikes the intense scrutiny he came under, but Hansen is adamant it is the same for every other coach.

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Gatland's contract with Wales expires in 2019 after the Rugby World Cup in Japan. This makes him a potential candidate to replace Hansen, who is contracted until early 2020.

"Welcome to our world,"  Hansen added.

"You are under constant pressure, constant scrutiny. People expect you to be able to front up and do the job well."

"In the All Blacks' case, we are expected to win every test match and win it well."

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"You do not want to change those expectations - they drive your own inner expectations to be even higher. It drives that necessity to want to always be better."

The All Blacks finish the year with matches against Canada, France, Scotland and finally with a Test against Gatland's Wales.

Hansen's team lost two matches this season, the first time that has happened since he took charge in 2012. However, the coach expects the team to bounce back next year with more experience and players returning from injuries.


"We have got some trying circumstances at the moment with nine or 10 players out. That is on top of losing all that legendary talent after the World Cup - that is over 50 percent of your team"

"It is a heck of a great challenge for us to come through, but next year when all nine are available then watch what happens because we have grown depth and experience."

Next on the agenda for Hansen and co. is a trip to Vancouver, where they will face Canada on Friday, November 3.

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