All Blacks warned of Europe's citing boundaries
November 8, 2013
All Blacks Cited On Recent Tours Of Europe
Steve Hansen has reminded the All Blacks of the need to tread lightly in Europe to avoid the cards and citings that have marred their past three tours.
New Zealand kick-start their three-Test tour against France in Paris on Saturday, and they have been told by management to be sensible with their actions in a part of the world where their reputation as fair players has come under scrutiny.
"There's no doubt that history will show we have a lot more disciplinary hearings when we're up here, and we don't change how we play when we come up here," Hansen said. "Sometimes things happen, some people make mistakes and do things they wouldn't normally do. We've had the chat and we rely on athletes to take that chat on board."
Hansen suggests the citing boundaries are more sensitive in Europe than in SANZAR-run competitions, but he doesn't want to make excuses for his players.
"We just have to adapt to it, the same as we do with the clear difference in referee styles," he said. "We've got enough experience in the group for that to happen."
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