Steve Hansen Brands Rival Boss A “Mickey Mouse” Coach

Mickey Mouse.

All Blacks boss Steve Hansen has mocked his Wallabies counterpart Michael Cheika at a fundraiser in Wellington, referring to him as a “Mickey Mouse” coach and suggesting he needs to “control his emotions”.

Hansen made the comments at a Circa Theatre fundraiser this week, where he was interviewed by former New Zealand television presenter Ian Fraser. Hansen passed the comments after Fraser brought up a quote by former Wallaby Mark Ella who said a “Mickey Mouse could coach the All Blacks to victory” given the strength of New Zealand’s squad.

“They’ve got Mickey Mouse coaching Aussie.” Hansen said in response to the quote.

Hansen also revealed he likes to play mind games with the former Leinster boss.

“Michael Cheika, who by the way isn’t a bad bloke, he just gets a bit emotional, and as you well know we thought we’d get him emotional and take his mind off the job,” he added

“The plan was not to call him by his name but just say he’s the Australian coach. Then he went on a tirade about not respecting him.”

“I guess what we’re trying to do there is take his mind off the job and while I say he’s not a bad bloke, he’s got to control his emotions. I think he’s got a good side, he does a good job of the coaching, but sometimes he just lets himself down there.”