All Blacks head coach Steve Hansen caused quite the stir when it emerged that he gave the team both barrels - described by some as an "epic spray" - during halftime of the World Cup Pool B match against Namibia. Hansen, while admitting that he addressed the team's "wrong attitude" during the break, has refused to elaborate on exactly what he said - however, a secret microphone has picked up the dialogue between Hansen and his assistant Ian Foster during the match in Tokyo. Steve Braunias listened in.
Ian Foster: Yes, boss?
SH: Fozzie, Fozzie, Fozzie.
IF: I'm picking up that you're not happy.
SH: You do, do you?
IF: We're winning, though.
SH: Well of course we're winning. We're the All Blacks, and they're Namibia.
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IF: The driest country in Sub-Saharan Africa.
SH: Is it? Well there you go.
IF: I also gather it's one of the least densely populated countries in the world.
SH: That's very interesting, Fozzie, but what's of greater interest to me right now is the way we're playing. And it's not pretty.
IF: It's not pretty.
SH: You're right there. But do you know what really bothers me?
IF: No, boss?
SH: It's not ugly.
SH: It's not anything, is it. Where's the attitude? What are we looking at, Fozzie? I'll tell you what I want to be looking at.
IF: Yes, boss?
SH: Footy, Fozzie.
SH: Yes, Fozzie. Footy.
IF: This isn't footy.
SH: This isn't footy, Fozzie. You're right there.
IF: Are you thinking of having a word with the boys about it at half-time?
SH: I am very much thinking of a particular word.
This is better.
Steve Hansen: It's a bit better.
IF: I think you got their attention.
SH: You do, do you?
IF: I think it was the use of that particular word you had in mind.
SH: They needed to hear that word.
IF: They heard it loud and clear.
SH: Do you think so?
IF: It was the first word that came out of your mouth.
SH: It seemed apt.
IF: It was downright felicitous.
SH: You're right there, I think.
IF: Look! Did you see what Brad Weber just did?
SH: The old no-look pass!
IF: What a try!
SH: You know what we just saw, Fozzie?
SH: Footy, Fozzie. Footy.
IF: You're right there.