All Blacks 'game plan' out

2010-07-28 07:48

Melbourne - The All Blacks on Wednesday slammed a press photographer whose candid snap left secret tactics for their Tri-Nations clash with the Wallabies splashed across Australian newspapers.

Officials said the photographer had breached the team's trust after he pictured coach Graham Henry holding diagrams of defensive game-plans for Saturday's game.

Photographs of the fully legible manoeuvres with scribbled notes were printed in Melbourne's Age and national daily The Australian.

"At the end of the day you guys and photographers come to training and there are a few unwritten rules and the photographer has breached the trust," said assistant coach Steve Hansen. "There's not too much we can do about it."

The gaffe comes before Saturday's crunch match, which could go a long way towards deciding the Tri-Nations title after both teams went unbeaten in their opening games against South Africa.

Hansen admitted New Zealand would have to adapt their tactics after the revelation but said it would not prove decisive in the match in Melbourne.

"The good thing about it (is) yesterday was a defensive training day so we won't have to change our tactics too much," he said.

"There are a whole lot of things that are going to happen on Saturday night and I don't think one photo is going to make too much difference."

Australia assistant coach Jim Williams claimed he would not consult the photo as the Wallabies attempt to end a seven-match losing streak against their main rivals.

"I wouldn't read too much into it myself and I wouldn't bother looking at it. It's just a picture of training," he said.

The episode recalls golf's 2008 Ryder Cup when European captain Nick Faldo was embarrassingly snapped holding a list of his opening pairings. Europe later lost heavily to the United States.


  • MB - 2010-07-28 08:23

    Hey, they openly told the Springboks about their game plan. They just had to use pictures for the Aussies.

  • Polly - 2010-07-28 08:26

    Ag shame the poor New Zealanders being targeted by the "honest" Aussies. What has become of rugby when the assistant coach can make a comment to the press about one photo taken of a practise. The Aussies like their cricketers started all the phsyco crap and we are all being sucked into it. Lets get back to the days that if a guy pulls your jersey you wait for the next loose scrum to sort him out. You dont have to wait for him to be cited because your punch puts him out of the game for three weeks. The administrators are turning our beloved game into sevens but played by 15.

  • delboy - 2010-07-28 08:29

    I am so sick and tired of listening to this "A" hole henry who has to be the world's biggest PHu#$%Cwit trying to control world rugby with his mates in the IRB and referees panels, yet when it counts at major tournaments he is nothing but a big choker.

  • scrum cap - 2010-07-28 08:41

    All just "mind games". They did the same to us by speaking about our players in glowing terms, leading them to believe they were invincible, and then giving us a hiding (twice) on the park. Now the Aussies will be wondering if these photos of plays are just a set up or if they are for real. Very clever indeed!!

  • Yacoob - 2010-07-28 08:43

    but their game plan is clear for all to see play exciting rugby select skillful players ones that can actually use a side step and run teams into the ground quite simple something the springboks lack on all fronts

  • @MB - 2010-07-28 08:49

    That may be so, but having observed that we did not understand what they were saying they may have thought they would need to put it in writing as well. lol.

  • leonard - 2010-07-28 08:55

    whats the big deal, can these guys not afford a rugby ball each. It is not nice seeing 30 odd sweaty men fighting to get a ball weekend after weekend knowing those rugby balls are for sale everywhere

  • SheepSh - 2010-07-28 09:02

    This is worse than a spear tackle or a head butt or any on field offense. Proof that Aus have zero mentality. Will they condemn this act , no way.

  • dutchman - 2010-07-28 09:04

    if this was pdv then all-sorts of conspiracy theories would be coming from his mouth. no wait, such a thing wouldnt happen because pdv doesnt have a defencive game book anymore.

  • Michael - 2010-07-28 09:08

    Ja right. Like the AB players will remember the plans by Saturday.

  • dj_slim-MAINO - 2010-07-28 09:12

    aussies...1 hiding coming up!

  • Boka green and gold - 2010-07-28 09:56

    Ya right its just a doudle blufff from the AB. They planted the pictures to fool the Ausies. " And look here everyone, this is our backline move.. and this here on pg 70 is our most important defensive move." How silly you are Henry

  • @MB - 2010-07-28 09:58

    Don't knock it, PDV should also use pictures. Come on now, PDV tells the boks "use you heads guys" so what does Bakkies do......doh!!!

  • Pieter de Villiers. - 2010-07-28 10:45

    Oh no, they have tactics, diagrams of game-plan and manoeuvres!!! What is that and why do they have it. We don't have such things. Nobody told me we should have these things. It is unfair and maybe that is way the Boks lost all 3 games. I always knew something was going on behind the scene and now everybody know I was right all along. The Boks have been cheated. I will have to consult with my bosses at SARU to take the matter further. Otherwise, we will have to get street smart and also get some of those things next time. I have never seen a game-plan, tactics or manoeuvres. Surely having those things are against the rules!!!!

  • Eugene Botha - 2010-07-28 10:47

    ABs will lose this game! They're too confident based upon beating the bok team WITH the assitance of the ref. When the ref starts penalising them for their blatant cheating they will lose focus and the game...

  • HAHAHA - 2010-07-28 11:40

    They show them pictures because none of the AUSSIES or ABS can read....whooooohaaaaaaa.....I hope the aussies win though

  • GW @ Bok Supportes - 2010-07-28 12:13

    Even if the AB's gave the Bok's pictures and the game plan in writting they will loose. @ Eugene Botha, are u sure that u know anything about rugby? Last week u wanted Aussies to loose now u want AB's to loose? u like most SA supporters, dumb and *ucken confused...

  • @GW - 2010-07-28 12:32

    And like most AB supporters you still can't fucken spell. I thought SAs education system was a shambles, glad to see yours is on a par or worse

  • OMG! - 2010-07-28 13:12

    The kiwis must surely be the most paranoid nation in the world! So is this rated as espionage now? Should the FBI be called in to investigate? Maybe Suzie is involved again or that referee that didn’t blow the forward pass against France? Or maybe the whole world is against the poor kiwis or maybe it is Gert Bezuidenhout the SA referee who apparently robbed the AB’s years ago like the referee who cheated the Boks in the 1981 test! Shame the kiwis are so full of themselves all of a sudden. What happened last year GW? Little ex-SA pr$ck who believes he is a kiwi now because you are living on the Shore!? LOL!

  • GW @ OMG - 2010-07-28 14:57

    Who cares were i live? Shame u sour *rick...u'r team is losing and that's the fact. If you had any brain u would understand that one is only as good as u'r last sale, the boks have had 3 bad sales are they really up 2 it?

  • ROB THE KIWI - 2010-07-28 23:42

    At least the All Blacks have a Game Plan ,and players that can execute it and understand it. At least the All Blacks have a coach that can write a Game Plan , exciting rugby not kick and sometimes chase. Wait for a penalty so we can kick a goal ,and cry if we dont get a penalty. That is the way the Boks play at the moment. If Div needs a lesson in writing a game plan can ask Henry if you like

  • Richie Macca - 2010-07-30 12:18

    C'mon lads! You blokes are wasting good Steiny downing time - that's not the true AB way! Say what you like, any tru-blooded AB will trade all the 3N titles & end of year Grand Slams for a bit more RWC bottle - ie not take more than 20 years to win the Ol' Bill! That's if we win it next year - them Aussies are looking sweet at the mo. Wish Jonah still played...

  • Richie Macca - 2010-07-30 12:58

    Struth blokes, me again! These bluddy Aussies are taking the mick, Quado gets a couple of weeks rest & the klepto steals my favourite Heinrich Brussouw jersey i got last year - HB's good he is - best of the best, i thought he was a klepto when he nicked all my ball last year but Quado's offsides on this one! Red card Quado! Red card!

  • Richie Macca - 2010-07-30 13:01

    Struth blokes, me again! These bluddy Aussies are taking the mick, Quado gets a couple of weeks rest & the klepto steals my favourite Heinrich Brussouw jersey i got last year - HB's good he is - best of the best, i thought he was a klepto when he nicked all my ball last year but Quado's offsides on this one! Red card Quado! Red card!

  • Owie@GW - 2010-07-31 03:51

    Yip GW, I wouldnt usually call someone out for spelling, but when you call me (a bok supporter) and Eugene Botha dumb! who by the way also used and spelt the word lose correctly. It tells me you re one of them. Yes you may probably have heard someone call you it. HFR. (Highly Functional Retard) Go find your baseball! Have you loosed your mind

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