All Blacks vs Wallabies: Michael Cheika reveals how he confronted All Blacks rival Steve Hansen over bugging scandal

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Williams was suspended for four matches after being sent off during the second Test against the British and Irish Lions on July 1 for a dangerous shoulder charge on Lions winger Anthony Watson.He was only the third All Black to be sent off in a Test match and the first in 50 years.

Williams missed the third Test against the Lions, a Super Rugby match for the Blues and will sit out a match for his Counties-Manukau province.

Super Rugby whiz-kid Damian McKenzie has been named as a replacement player for vice-captain Ben Smith, who will start his six-month sabbatical after the second Bledisloe Test on August 26 in Dunedin.

As they have done previously, the All Blacks have also named an apprentice for the campaign, with 22-year-old Chiefs and former New Zealand under-20s prop Atu Moli called into the squad for their home Tests.

“We’ve used the apprentice program in the past and think it’s hugely beneficial for a player’s development, so we look forward to working with Atu,” Hansen said.

“He’s an outstanding player and an impressive young man who has a big future in the game.”

Ardie Savea and Jordie Barrett are two previous All Blacks apprentice players.

After their drawn series against the Lions, Hansen said he was looking forward to building on the midyear Tests and expected a fiercely competitive Championship.

“For us, it’s case of re-establishing ourselves and building on our good work from last year and during the recent New Zealand Lions Series,” he said.

“There were some clear things learnt in the Lions series and this is a great chance for us to implement those; to continue to grow our skill execution and the mental side of our game, and develop our leadership and the leadership group.

“The first two Bledisloe Cup matches will set the tone, as we know the Australians will throw everything at us, while we’re expecting the South Africans and Argentinians to be as bruising and physical as always.

“We’ve learnt since the introduction of Argentina that there is a massive travelling component to the Championship, which comes at a cost at the end of the year, so we’ll be looking to implement some new strategies to try and overcome that.”

The All Blacks won back the Rugby Championship last year after the Wallabies took the trophy in 2015 following their 27-19 comeback win in Sydney.

Forwards: Dane Coles, Nathan Harris, Codie Taylor, Wyatt Crockett, Owen Franks, Nepo Laulala, Joe Moody, Ofa Tu’ungafasi, Scott Barrett, Brodie Retallick, Luke Romano, Samuel Whitelock, Sam Cane, Vaea Fifita, Jerome Kaino, Kieran Read (c), Ardie Savea, Liam Squire

Backs: Tawera Kerr-Barlow, TJ Perenara, Aaron Smith, Beauden Barrett, Lima Sopoaga, Ryan Crotty, Ngani Laumape, Anton Lienert-Brown, Sonny Bill Williams, Jordie Barrett, Israel Dagg, Rieko Ioane, Nehe Milner-Skudder, Waisake Naholo, Ben Smith

MICHAEL Cheika confronted All Blacks coach Steve Hansen last year and told him they’d “crossed the line” by insinuating he had bugged them in Sydney.

The Wallabies coach opened up on the bitter relations between Australia and New Zealand as the bugging case is set to be heard in court today and the two sides prepare to do battle on the field once again on August 19.

Cheika told The Daily Telegraph’s Payto & Panda Podcast that he was contacted by ARU chief Bill Pulver on the morning of last year’s Sydney Bledisloe to inform him police were launching an investigation into alleged bugging of the All Blacks’ team room at the Intercontinental Hotel in Double Bay.I want to play the game as hard as it can be, slugging it out, the physicality of the game, even sledging sometimes if it has to be, or the mindgames.

“But I reckon that bringing in police and all that business, and making a clear inference, is crossing the line.“I said that before and I’ve said it to the New Zealand coach personally, I feel it’s crossing the line.”

Asked what Hansen’s response was to his confrontation. Cheika replied: “That’s a private conversation.”But Cheika did not deny the assertion that relations between the two teams remain frosty.

“I would say that’s pretty accurate, we’re competing against each other, it’s not like we’re going to be best mates,” Cheika said. “My friends are in the Australian team, and we’re competing against them. “I don’t think it would be normal to be any other way.”

After lengthy investigations by NSW detectives, the Wallabies were cleared of all wrongdoing and the All Blacks’ own security boss Adrian Gard was charged with public mischief – the allegation being that Gard planted a listening device in the room himself and then “found” it.

He will defend the charge on Monday. The extraordinary scandal plunged trans-Tasman relations to an all-time low. “How I found about it was on that Saturday morning when the CEO rang me, he’d obviously had a call from the CEO on the other side [NZRU boss Steve Tew],” Cheika said.

But a World Rugby judicial panel has ruled an All Blacks warm-up match — proposed by New Zealand as the fourth match of Williams’ suspension — is not acceptable.

The panel, which included two former Wallabies, said the match between the All Blacks and the Counties and Taranaki provinces was not “meaningful.”

In a statement on Friday, New Zealand Rugby said it would ask World Rugby’s appeals committee to review the decision which will see Williams complete his suspension on August 20, the day after the Bledisloe Cup Test in Sydney.

“Sonny Bill Williams has appealed the World Rugby judicial committee’s decision not to include the All Blacks match on 11 August (a split game of 40 minutes each against Counties-Manukau and Taranaki) in the four-week suspension given to Williams following a hearing into the red card he received in the second Test against the touring British & Irish Lions,” the statement said. “As the matter will now be decided by an appeal committee, no further comment will be made at this time.” source