Rugby World Cup: Hansen dismisses talk of sanction against All Blacks captain McCaw

New Zealand captain Richie McCaw gestures during the All Blacks' Rugby World Cup semi-final match against South Africa at Twickenham on Oct 24, 2015.
New Zealand captain Richie McCaw gestures during the All Blacks' Rugby World Cup semi-final match against South Africa at Twickenham on Oct 24, 2015. PHOTO: AFP

LONDON - New Zealand coach Steve Hansen on Sunday dismissed reports that All Blacks captain Richie McCaw could miss the Rugby World Cup final for elbowing an opponent in the semi-final.

"There's nothing in it, so there's nothing to talk about. Move on," Hansen told a press conference the day after New Zealand's 20-18 win over South Africa.

Hansen said McCaw's greatness as a player made him a target for opponents, who would rather take on an All Blacks side with the captain absent.

Video images emerged after the fiercely-fought contest showing McCaw's elbow apparently striking Springbok flanker Francois Louw.

Other images shown later made it look as though Louw was hit by McCaw's hip.

Louw had stitches in two wounds in his head but said he did not know how the injuries were caused.