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PODCAST – Coaches corner: Hansen, Varsity and John Fletcher

28 November 2013

  • Hansen prepares to face Fijiat Twickenham
  • England Sevens' siblings Mike and Megan Ellery out in Dubai
Steve Hansen and Jean de Villiers

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On this week’s RFU Podcast we hear from All Blacks Head Coach Steve Hansen who is currently heading up the Barbarians coaching team as they prepare to take on Fiji at Twickenham on Saturday.

After guiding New Zealand to an impressive unbeaten season, Hansen says that it’s quite refreshing to return to something more akin to the ‘good old days’.

“It’s a little bit like when I was playing,” he says. “You train a couple of times a week and it’s a lot more social – it’s been an interesting exercise. Obviously you know of a lot of the players, but to get to know them as human beings has been fascinating and great fun.

“It’s about helping to facilitate a performance on Saturday, we’ve tried to make it as simple as possible and the guys have put a lot of effort in at training time. They’ve enjoyed themselves off the park too!”

Also on this week’s Podcast:

  • With the 132nd Varsity around the corner we hear from both camps – Oxford’s James Wade and Cambridge’s Andy Key
  • The Ellery siblings, Mike and Megan, both represent England Sevens in Dubai this weekend
  • England Under 18 Head Coach John Fletcher looks ahead to next Wednesday’s game against Australia Schools at Harrow School

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