All Blacks plan to rip France apart
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.