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Australian Coach Expresses Delight For Ireland As New Zealand Quarrel Continues

Australian Coach Expresses Delight For Ireland As New Zealand Quarrel Continues

Australia defence coach Nathan Grey has expressed his delight at Ireland's recent victory as the Wallabies continue to engage in a back-and-forth with New Zealand boss Steve Hansen.

Hansen irritated some Australian rugby figures with his comments after last weekend's game in Dublin. The All Blacks boss claimed his team get more out of playing other teams then they do Australia.

"There is no doubt the style of game that is played by South Africa is similar to the style played up here (northern hemisphere) I still believe Australia are a really good rugby side. There is definitely something missing because they are not quite right and are not performing to the level they can.

"But the more we play teams like South Africa, Ireland and England, France which we have done this year it is good for us."

However, as reported by the Telegraph, Grey said he was "super happy for Ireland to get that win."

"We've beaten them [the All Blacks] a couple of times in the last couple of years so yeah, it's great for Ireland to get their first win at home against them."

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Grey went on to highlight the fact that there is not much separating the top sides in rugby currently.

You've got to look at the big picture and identify that the top six, seven nations in the world at the moment, if you're not on your game you're going to get beaten.

There's opportunities to beat any team in the world at the moment. You've just got to make sure it's the team that's going to be the most consistent in delivering how they play because if you're off you're going to lose and we've shown that against New Zealand a number of times.

New Zealand won the Bledisloe Cup for a 16th consecutive year last August and have not been beaten by the Wallabies since 2017. Both teams are in action this weekend, with Australia set to face England while Italy await the All Blacks.

SEE ALSO: Matt Dawson Warns Ireland Of 'Tough Year' Ahead As World Cup Favourite

Maurice Brosnan

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