There was a time when Steve Hansen saw a press conference as a conflict, a chance to engage in war with a group he neither rated nor respected.

There was a time, too, when that same group he didn't rate or respect felt the same way about him and predicted he'd be a total dud as head coach of the All Blacks.

On his last day in the job, the last day he sat behind a desk and addressed the media, only those who had been around in those dark days could ever believe they actually happened.


Those who