All Blacks coach Steve Hansen congratulates Sam Whitelock on his 100th Test.
All Blacks coach Steve Hansen congratulates Sam Whitelock on his 100th Test.

Shake it off Steve! Kiwis whine over ‘snub’

BLEDISLOE Cup tensions are heating up across the ditch, with All Blacks coach Steve Hansen claiming that the Wallabies did not show due respect to centurion Sam Whitelock during his capping ceremony in Sydney last weekend.

The All Blacks gathered as a team on the ANZ Stadium turf as Whitelock was presented with a special cap following his 100th Test, won 38-13 by New Zealand.

Fox Sports vision shows several Wallabies players approaching Whitelock to offer their congratulations before retreating to their changing room but that didn't appear enough of an effort for Hansen's liking.

"It's not for me to comment on what their policy is, you need to ask them what that is," Hansen said after unveiling two changes to his starting line-up for Saturday's return match at Auckland's Eden Park.

"I know if it was us we'd stay out and acknowledge it.

All Blacks captain Kieran Read presents Sam Whitelock with his centurions cap.
All Blacks captain Kieran Read presents Sam Whitelock with his centurions cap.

"I think it's a tremendous feat to play 100 Test matches, it doesn't matter what country it is.

"There's a lot of energy, a lot of mental fortitude, a lot of time, and a lot of sacrifices by the players' family to get to that point.

"It's worthy of respecting it."

Hansen's comments are unlikely to sit well with the wounded Wallabies, who have been under siege at their Waiheke Island base this week.

Under pressure Wallabies coach Michael Cheika has previously accused the All Blacks of lacking respect for his side.

The frosty trans-Tasman relationship will be put under the microscope again on Saturday, with Kiwi prop Owen Franks set to enjoy his own capping ceremony in his 100th Test.

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Bernard Foley consoles injured Wallaby Israel Folau as All Blacks centurion Sam Whitelock approaches.
Bernard Foley consoles injured Wallaby Israel Folau as All Blacks centurion Sam Whitelock approaches.

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