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Johnson, when serving under the Welsh banner, made some less than flattering remarks about New Zealand’s status, and now has said that they are merely humans who are fifteen players on the pitch.
However this time the well-travelled coach was careful to respect the achievements of the current visitors.
“We're respectful of what they are, and in the last 12 months they've been exemplary,” he said.
“(But ) they are only human, and so are we.”
“They've only got two legs and two arms just like we have, and the pitch doesn't grow when they've got the ball.”
While Johnson said the All Blacks brought an aura as well as considerable history as a rugby nation, he said that France and even Ireland had caused the number one ranked nation a few issues.
“They are a wonderful, proud rugby nation, and no-one can deny that,” he said.
“But you just have to look at the last World Cup, when the French did really well in the final. Ireland did well in certain periods of their recent series as well.”
“…There are only 15 guys on that pitch.”
“If, as an opposition, you think they are a lot better, then you are in a lot of trouble. They reality is, they are just human, and I keep saying that. They are great players, but so are we."