Thorn assures Cheika

All Blacks great Brad Thorn has assured Wallabies coach Michael Cheika there’s no lack of respect for his team from the world champions.

Cheika used his Eden Park rant last weekend to suggest the current All Blacks didn’t respect the Wallabies.

Thorn, who has played league for Australia and rugby for New Zealand and is now coaching with the Queensland Reds, said there was a “culture of respect” in the All Blacks that he took a while to digest.

With his knowledge of rugby on both sides of the Tasman, the 41-year-old Thorn is an ideal figure to portray the depth of feeling between the two Test rivals.

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