"There's nothing better in war than causing a little distraction": New Zealand coach Steve Hansen laughs at allegations of "spying" after Englishman Eddie Jones revealed that someone appeared to be filming a training session before the semi-final
- New Zealand coach Steve Hansen responded to England's espionage allegations
- England coach Eddie Jones suggested that the training session was filmed
- But he stopped accusing New Zealand of being responsible
- Hansen described Jones's comments as a "distraction" and & # 39; clickbait & # 39;
- New Zealand and England meet at Rugby World Cup semi-final on Saturday
New Zealand coach Steve Hansen laughed at suggestions that one of England's training sessions was filmed by a cameraman in a nearby building.
Hansen's colleague in England, Eddie Jones and his assistant, John Mitchell, revealed that they saw a red light of someone filming the session in an apartment building overlooking the training camp in Chiba.
But Hansen responded before Saturday's semi-final clash, saying: “Eddie and I know that everything is fair in love and war. There is nothing better in war than casting a small distraction that you (the media) cannot resist.
New Zealand coach Steve Hansen laughed at allegations that England's training session before Saturday's Rugby World Cup semifinals was spied upon & # 39; in
Eddie Jones said England were spied on in training before the All Blacks semi-final clash
Jones said someone was filming in blocks of flats overlooking Arcs Urayasu Park
Jones suggested that the "spy" could have been a japanese fan but laughed at the incident
“It's the best click bait in the world – someone is spying on us.
He didn't call us. He was very deliberate not to do that.
He talked about being someone else. It was probably the same guy who recorded us when we were there, but everyone got interested and he got the click bait.
& # 39; He was very particular about what he said, that someone had filmed his training. He said he could have been a defender. He did not say that New Zealand did that.
New Zealand made a change in the match squad before the semi-final.
Hansen in training camp with his players before Saturday's clash with England
Patrick Tuipulotu was named on the bench for Saturday's game in Yokohama
All Blacks Team
Beauden Barrett, Sevu Reece, Jack Goodhue, Anton Lienert-Brown, George Bridge, Richie Monga, Aaron Smith, Kieran Read (c), Ardie Savea, Scott Barrett, Sam Whitelock, Brodie Retallick, Nepo Laulala, Codie Taylor and Joe Temperamental.
Reservations: Dane Coles, Ofa Tuungafasi, Angus Ta'ao, Patrick Tuipulotu, Sam Cane, TJ Perenara, Sonny Bill Williams and Jordie Barrett.
All Blacks beat Ireland 46-14 last Saturday to secure a spot in their last four games and coach Steve Hansen has kept faith largely as they hope to win their third consecutive World Cup.
Lock Patrick Tuipulotu was named on the bench for the game at Yokohama International Stadium, while Ardie Savea changed to seven and Scott Barrett is promoted to the starting lineup at six.
Sam Cane, who started against Ireland, goes to the bench, and Matt Todd leaves the team for a match where prostitute Codie Taylor is ready to win her 50th match.
Hansen said: “There is no doubt that this is a huge game and there is a lot of excitement around it. We know what we have to do and we had a great week of preparation.
Scott Barrett (left) was promoted to XV New Zealand in the semi-final with England
"The team is exactly where we want to be, mentally and physically, before the weekend."
New Zealand finished top of Group B with wins over South Africa, Canada and Namibia. The last game against Italy fell to Typhoon Higibis.
Against Ireland, the Kiwis put seven attempts on the board, with Aaron Smith making two and suffering only in the 69th minute when Robbie Henshaw went over.
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