Steve Hansen slams reporter for snooping
November 15, 2013
Steve Hansen believes the journalist who reported on messages within the All Blacks' team meeting room committed a "breach of trust".
The Telegraph reporter Oliver Brown gained access to the room at the All Blacks' team hotel and published a story outlining several of the team's motivational messages posted on the wall. Hansen was pleased the story revealed little that would benefit England ahead of the Test at Twickenham on Saturday, but he said "when there's a breach of trust by you guys, it's always disappointing because we're trying to work together".
"I just wished [the reporter] had come and asked me what it all meant because what he wrote didn't make sense."
One of the written messages reportedly said: "We are the most dominant team in the history of the world."
Hansen said the message wasn't intended to be arrogant.
"I read this week that England want to be No.2 in the world, and they're striving to be better than they are," he said. "What we're striving to be is better than we are at the moment, which is No.1. If you don't look to improve yourself, you're going to go backwards. We've got massive expectations in our country from our fans and we wouldn't change that."
Hansen said the All Blacks management were critical of themselves for leaving the way clear for such a breach, and would review their security.
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