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O’Neill hits out at Hansen and sets the record straight over 2003 World Cup bid – Sydney Morning Herald

John O’Neill says New Zealand Rugby “shot themselves in the foot” 18 years ago and believes Australia shouldn’t consider a joint bid with the Kiwis in 2027.

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We have been looking after the Aussies for years, Hansen said. Every time we have required something from them, particularly at a high level, sometimes they have gone missing.
Do we owe them something? No.
Despite a perception Australia did the wrong thing by New Zealand, an independent inquiry commissioned by the New Zealand Rugby Union and published by Sir Thomas Eichelbaum, absolved ONeill and the ARU of any blame.
Ill paraphrase the conclusions; the NZRU shot themselves in the foot, ONeill told the Herald. Rugby World Cup and the International Rugby Board

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