All Blacks praise Aussies and are happy to have retained world cup

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Rugby World Cup champions New Zealand’s head coach Steve Hansen praises the Australians, while captain Richie McCaw is glad to have added to the All Blacks legacy.

All Blacks praise Aussies and are happy to have retained world cup

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SHOWS: LONDON, UK (OCTOBER 31, 2015)(RUGBY WORLD CUP LIMITED-IMG – SEE RESTRICTIONS)

1. NEW ZEALAND RUGBY UNION CAPTAIN AND FLANKER RICHIE MCCAW ENTERING ROOM FOR NEWS CONFERENCE CARRYING THE WEBB ELLIS CUP, FOLLOWED BY HEAD COACH STEVE HANSEN

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3. (SOUNDBITE) (English) NEW ZEALAND RUGBY UNION HEAD COACH STEVE HANSEN SAYING:

“But what I would like to say, on behalf of myself and the team, I thought Australia were magnificent and the way they approached the game, they never lay down, like at 21-3 you could be fooled into thinking that the game was over, but they came back and at 21-17 could have easily won the game. So I think from our point of view, we would like to acknowledge them for being the opponents they were and whilst we’re very proud of what we’ve achieved, as a group we would like to say ‘well done’ to Australia as well”

4. WHITE FLASH

5. (SOUNDBITE) (English) NEW ZEALAND RUGBY UNION CAPTAIN AND FLANKER RICHIE MCCAW SAYING:

“You know the relentless desire to be better and you know, keep improving and I guess add to the legacy of the All Blacks is lead from Steve and the other management. So you’re right, it’s not just a players’ thing, it’s a squad of 51, I think, here that have all over the years done everything they can to get ourselves in the best shape and you know, just look at having pretty much everyone available tonight shows what sort of people, support staff, we have got. So yeah, we’re very, very lucky as a player to have the men and women we’ve got helping us”

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7. (SOUNDBITE) (English) MCCAW SAYING:

“No person is bigger than what the team is and you job is just to enhance and add something to that legacy and that just means doing – you don’t have to do anything any more special than what gets you there, but just doing it every week is the key. One thing I’ve always been big on is that it’s not so much being a hero every week, it’s just been doing your job the best you can to serve the team and I think when you’ve got 15 men, or 23 me doing that every week, that’s how you enhance it. And then you had moments like tonight when you know you can add other things to, you know, the history of this team”

STORY: New Zealand cemented their status as the greatest team in rugby history when they overwhelmed Australia 34-17 at Twickenham on Saturday (October 31) to become world champions for a record third time and the first nation to retain the Webb Ellis Cup.

The first thing Kiwi head coach Steve Hansen did at the post-match news conference was to praise the Australians.

“…what I would like to say, on behalf of myself and the team, I thought Australia were magnificent and the way they approached the game, they never lay down, like at 21-3 you could be fooled into thinking that the game was over, but they came back and at 21-17 could have easily won the game. So I think from our point of view, we would like to acknowledge them for being the opponents they were and whilst we’re very proud of what we’ve achieved, as a group we would like to say ‘well done’ to Australia as well,” said Hansen.

Captain and flanker Richie McCaw praised their backroom staff.

“You know the relentless desire to be better and you know, keep improving and I guess add to the legacy of the All Blacks is lead from Steve and the other management. So you’re right, it’s not just a players’ thing, it’s a squad of 51, I think, here that have all over the years done everything they can to get ourselves in the best shape and you know, just look at having pretty much everyone available tonight shows what sort of people, support staff, we have got. So yeah, we’re very, very lucky as a player to have the men and women we’ve got helping us.”

McCaw was also glad to have enhanced the All Blacks legacy.

“No person is bigger than what the team is and you job is just to enhance and add something to that legacy and that just means doing – you don’t have to do anything any more special than what gets you there, but just doing it every week is the key. One thing I’ve always been big on is that it’s not so much being a hero every week, it’s just been doing your job the best you can to serve the team and I think when you’ve got 15 men, or 23 me doing that every week, that’s how you enhance it. And then you had moments like tonight when you know you can add other things to, you know, the history of this team,” said McCaw.

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