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Last Updated: Monday, 17 July 2006, 11:19 GMT 12:19 UK
Johnson antics worry All Blacks
Scott Johnson
Johnson has a history of baiting New Zealanders
New Zealand have sought International Rugby Board clarification over the touch-line role played by Australia attack coach Scott Johnson.

The ex-Wales coach is famous for an animated sideline role during games, and the All Blacks queried his position in their 32-12 win in Christchurch.

"He was entitled to watch where he did," said match manager Neil Sorensen.

"Every ground is different, at Jade he could be close without going inside the playing enclosure or technical zone."

New Zealand coaches Graham Henry and Steve Hansen will be familiar with Johnson's antics, having employed him as skills coach when they were in charge of Wales.

In a famous wind-up before the All Blacks' 2004 Test in Cardiff, he described New Zealand as a "poxy little island" - before apologising by saying "actually it's two islands!"

Johnson gave up his role as Wales' caretaker head coach at the end of the Six Nations to join Australia boss John Connolly's new Wallabies set-up.

He has won praise for his role in Australia's record 49-0 hammering of South Africa on the weekend, the Wallaby backs exposing the Boks' rush defence as Johnson threatened they would in the build-up.

Johnson, whose side face Wales in Cardiff on 4 November, hailed the display and suggested that the Wallabies have the core of a team to take them right through to the 2011 World Cup.

"It's reasonable to say that these young players can grow together and grow with a young coach," said Johnson.

The next Tri-Nations game sees New Zealand host South Africa on Saturday, Australia welcoming the All Blacks the following weekend.

SEE ALSO
Gregan asks Aussies to keep focus
16 Jul 06 |  Internationals
Australia 49-0 South Africa
15 Jul 06 |  Internationals
New Zealand 32-12 Australia
08 Jul 06 |  Internationals
Johnson 'did not covet' Wales job
15 Feb 06 |  Internationals
Johnson crucial for RWC - Moffett
15 Dec 05 |  Internationals
Johnson's japes amuse All Blacks
17 Nov 04 |  Internationals


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