All Blacks vs Wallabies Live: All Blacks coach Steve Hansen’s testy response to bug-gate questions

Get Now- All Blacks vs Wallabies Live Stream Online Free HD TV Rugby Bledisloe Cup 2017 Live Streaming. Watch New Zealand vs Australia-Rugby Championship. Wallabies v All Blacks   IN a side full of superstars Ryan Crotty’s name doesn’t immediately leap off the page, but the Crusaders midfielder is becoming increasingly valuable to Steve Hansen’s All Blacks.

The Crusaders’ only two defeats of the season — against the British and Irish Lions 12-3 and Hurricanes 31-22 — came when the 28-year-old was missing.

Nor did the All Blacks win either of their next two Tests against the Lions after Crotty limped off midway through the first Test with a hamstring injury.

After Crotty’s All Black teammate Sonny Bill Williams was cleared to play the opening Bledisloe match in Sydney, the duo, as well as versatile Chiefs centre Anton Lienert-Brown, will compete for the starting midfield combination.

It’s one of the few selection areas that are sure to come up for debate when Hansen sits down with the All Blacks brains trust.

It’s expected that Hansen will revert back to Williams and Crotty, who started the Lions series at No 12 and No 13 before being forced to name a new combination because of injury and suspension, for Saturday night’s opening Bledisloe Test against the Wallabies in Sydney.

But former All Blacks great Andrew Mehrtens says he’d like to see Crotty, who was the man of the match during the Crusaders’ Super Rugby final win over the Lions in Johannesburg, start in the second five-eighth position and Williams given a go at outside centre“I’ve always preferred Crotty at 12 because I think that’s his best position,” Mehrtens told foxsports.com.au.

“But he obviously can handle it really, really well at 13 too.“But I think 12’s his best position.“I’d be curious to see what Sonny Bill goes like at 13, as well.

“Of the three players Lienert-Brown is probably the most versatile as well in terms of covering the two positions, but I’m curious to see what they come up with.“They want to get the ball in Sonny Bill’s hands as early as possible.

“I think he’d still get that at 13 and I think he could use his height to his advantage where he’s away from more of that traffic and can get himself into more one-on-one positions.”

Playing in-between second-year playmaker Richie Mo’unga and rookie outside centre Jack Goodhue, Crotty was the perfect foil for his two young teammates.

His straight running, organisation and strong defence have always been the hallmarks of his game, but Mehrtens said that Crotty had taken his pace to a new level this year which had made him a more dangerous threat.“He’s the guy who really brought that backline together for the Crusaders,” Mehrtens said.

“Richie Mo’unga was outstanding and showed a lot of composure for a guy so young, as was Mitch Hunt when he filled in and they’ve got really good nines and 10s and any of those different combinations work really well together, but the consistent factor was Ryan Crotty being there.

“Whether it’s on attack or defence and just providing the nous, and saying he provides the seriousness or doing what’s required to be done actually belays the fact he’s a very talented player as well.

“He’s taken his speed to a new level, but just his tackling, his organisation in defence and being in the right place at the right time to make the crucial tackle or to straighten up to make a break or get the team on the front foot, it’s not a coincidence.

“That’s timing and wanting to work hard and he’s been a huge part of it.” Hansen will name his team for Saturday’s opening Bledisloe in Sydney on Wednesday morning.

 New Zealand, transfixed by the “fierce rivalry” of the Bledisloe Cup and idolising Stephen Larkham and Jonah Lomu.He sat in the ANZ Stadium stands as an NRL player two years ago for his first live experience, a famous 27-19 upset Wallabies win in front of 73,824 fans.

And now Curtis Rona is in the selection mix to play against the All Blacks in Sydney on August 19 after a “mind-blowing” career twist and just one season of Super Rugby.The brief life and career bio is this.

Born and raised in Waitara — a small town in Taranaki — Rona moved to Perth with his family when he was eight.He was a schoolboy rugby star and a member of the Force academy before defecting to league, representing the Junior Kiwis and chalking up 57 NRL games for the Cowboys and Bulldogs between 2014-16.

Rona’s last game of league was for the New Zealand Maori last year before returning to his Perth family roots and taking up a contract with the Force.“The hotel suits our needs and we don’t think it’s the hotel’s fault.

“In fact we don’t know whose fault it is.“All we know is it (the bug) was there so we’ll continue to do what we always do and be cautious and do the best we can and get on and play rugby.

“That’s what we are, we’re a rugby team.”Hansen was also asked about testimony from witness Charles Carter, owner of The Bug Sweepers company who helped Gard with All Blacks security last year.

Carter told the court that he had discussions with All Blacks staff who believed they had been previously bugged.COACH Michael Cheika is sharpening his axe before revealing the Wallabies’ Rugby Championship squad on Friday.

Cheika’s task has been to whittle down a 42-man training squad that were put through some brutal fitness sessions in Sydney and Newcastle before returning to their home states to freshen up.

To preview Friday’s announcement, foxsports.com.au writers Sam Worthington and Christy Doran have got in early, donned selectors hats and picked their own 34-man squads — the same number used by Cheika in June.

We only picked from players involved in the Wallabies’ train-on camps — which meant no room for the likes of exiled five-eighth Quade Cooper — while Kyle Godwin, Karmichael Hunt, Tolu Latu, Eto Nabuli, James Slipper and Lukhan Tui were not considered due to injury.

Neither was Taniela Tupou — aka the Tongan Thor — given the New Zealand-born Reds prop is not eligible to play for Australia until the end of year tour.The Wallabies open their Rugby Championship campaign with the first Bledisloe Cup Test against the All Blacks in Sydney on August 19 .source