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Hansen expects improved Ireland

“I think attitude is a big thing about rugby and I think if you bring the right attitude (then) you give yourself a chance,” Hansen said.

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen.
All Blacks coach Steve Hansen.
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NEW ZEALAND HEAD coach Steve Hansen believes Ireland will pose a sterner test during the second Test in Christchurch tomorrow.

The All Blacks won the first Test 42-10 in Auckland last week and will be looking to secure a series win ahead of the third and final clash in Hamilton on 23 June.

Hansen is set to hand 20-year-old forward Sam Cane his debut and said the All Blacks’ attitude would be the key to maintain their dominance over Ireland.

“I think attitude is a big thing about rugby and I think if you bring the right attitude (then) you give yourself a chance,” Hansen said.

“If we drop off on our attitude from last week and they improve theirs we narrow the margin so it’s all about us making sure we do what we normally do really, really well and with a genuineness that is required.

“What they do we can’t control, but I’m sure that they’re proud rugby nation, they’re proud men individually, they’ll want to come and play better than they did last week.”

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All Blacks fly-half Dan Carter is expecting more free-flowing, attacking play from his side but a different resolve from the Irish.

“We played some good open footy and scored some great tries and that’s the way we love to play,” Carter said. ”Obviously it’s going to be a lot tougher this week, the Irish know what we get up to and what to expect so we’ll have to really raise our game as well.”

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