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Fri Apr 25 10:20:00 SAST 2014

O'Neill hits back at poaching claims

TEAMtalk Media | 23 October, 2012 12:320 Comments
ARU Press Conference
John O'Neill speaks to the media during an ARU press conference at ARU Headquarters on October 12, 2012 in Sydney, Australia
Image by: Brendon Thorne / Getty Images

ARU boss John O'Neill has responded to NZ coach Steve Hansen's claims that Australia are stealing players as being "insulting and ill-informed".

Hansen made the assertion after the world champions' 18-18 draw with the Wallabies on Saturday in which New Zealand-born centre Mike Harris kicked five penalties for Australia.

The All Blacks coach says Australia should concentrate on developing their own talent, rather than trying to build depth by "pinching" New Zealand players.

O'Neill said New Zealand should put their own house in order before criticising Australia, adding "the comments from the All Blacks coach are insulting, ill-informed.

"I would not even want to guess how many players born in the South Pacific islands have worn the All Blacks jersey," he said.

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