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Hansen says England will be 'massive challenge' for All Blacks in World Cup semi-final

Immediately after beating the Wallabies last night, England coach Eddie Jones was very vocal about his desire to face the All Blacks in the semi-finals of the Rugby World Cup.

When the All Blacks granted his wish with a 46-14 win over Ireland later in the evening, Steve Hansen was asked if it was a mutual feeling.

The Kiwi coach couldn't help but agree.

"I'm looking forward to playing them too," Hansen said.

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The All Blacks' halfback was at his best against Ireland in Tokyo. Source: Spark Sport RWC

"Now that we've earned the right to, they'll be a massive challenge."

However, Hansen cut the talk of next week's semi-final there, saying last night was about celebrating the win over Ireland.

"We've got a formula that we work to - Test matches are hard work from Sunday to Saturday and you've got to take a wee bit of a step off the merry-go-round and relax.

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The All Blacks' fullback was too much to handle for the Irish in Tokyo. Source: Spark Sport RWC

"So we'll do that, we'll enjoy our moment. It was a special Test match - one that the All Blacks can be proud of and New Zealanders can be proud of.

"We won't think about England until tomorrow." 

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The All Blacks "earned the right" to play England after beating Ireland convincingly last night. Source: 1 NEWS