All Blacks plan to rip France apart

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RUGBY UNION: The All Blacks have is­sued a warn­ing to their in­ter­na­tional ri­vals, dar­ing other teams to try to cope with their “full bore” style.

Coach Steve Hansen (pic­tured) said the world cham­pi­ons wanted to be more ruth­less in the sec­ond Test against France to­mor­row de­spite the All Blacks’ spec­tac­u­lar 52-11 se­ries-open­ing win last week.

The fin­ish­ing power that pro­duced seven New Zealand tries in the last 27 min­utes is the omi­nous blue­print of how Hansen wants his men to play, al­though he ac­cepts the stung tourists won’t lie down.

How­ever, asked if French willpower could be bro­ken when things did not go their way, Hansen re­sponded boldly, re­veal­ing plenty about his goals in at­tack.

“I don’t know if you break their spirit,” he said.

“I think you take them to places that they’re not used to go­ing to with the speed of the game. They’ll try and slow the game down – that’s the pace they want to play at.

“We want to play it at full bore, with ac­cu­racy. So that’s our chal­lenge and if it comes off, it doesn’t mat­ter who you play when you play that game well. You can rip any­one apart.”

For the third time in the past decade, the All Blacks will field an un­changed team for a Test.

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