AUCKLAND, New Zealand – All Blacks coach Steve Hansen highlighted the special qualities his side are exhibiting in their rugby after they wrapped up the Bledisloe Cup for another year following their 40-12 win over Australia at Eden Park on Saturday.
In five, 10 or 20 years people would look back and recognise the side were a special group, he said, and they had dominated the turnovers in the Investec Rugby Championship Tests while adding their set-piece lineout play on Saturday.
That needed to be considered when thinking about Australia's situation, he said. With their coach Michael Cheika facing pressure due to the losses, Hansen said the Wallabies were not a poor team because they had lost to the All Blacks. "I don't think it should put a coach under pressure just losing to us," he said.
Hansen took the chance of a Prime Ministerial visit to the dressing room after the game to plug the value of the All Blacks to the country. Accompanying the Prime Minister was deputy leader and Minister of Finance Grant Robertson.
Hansen said he told Robertson the government should be the All Blacks' biggest sponsor because they were the government's biggest brand. He asked him if they could find some money to help New Zealand rugby compete against the likes of England and France so they could keep their players.