A Steve Hansen press conference is a lesson in manipulation from a man at the peak of his coaching powers — one who also has the news sense of a seasoned journalist.
There are levels to this game and he's at the top with perhaps only Eddie Jones, an Aussie in charge of England who can play the larrikin while simultaneously sticking the knife in. Hansen can occasionally be cutting but also humorous and engaging and he tells a story like few others. Jones is also genuinely funny.
So it was significant when Hansen mentioned his assistant Ian Foster