New Zealand head coach Steve Hansen on Thursday brushed off attempts to add spice to his team’s Rugby World Cup semifinal against England, dismissing claims of spying by England head coach Eddie Jones as “clickbait.”

Jones turned up the heat on Saturday’s final-four clash at International Stadium Yokohama when he told reporters Tuesday that someone had been filming an England training session at Arcs Urayasu Park in Chiba Prefecture from the window of a nearby apartment block. Jones did not directly accuse New Zealand of being behind the incident, and suggested it could have been a Japanese fan.

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