Hansen, of course, was more than happy to take up the baton of talking up these Wallabies and the gruff serial victor pin-pointed three aspects which make them "a risky beast": talent, preparation and hunger.
Gard, who has been acting as a security guard in Australia for the All Blacks for more than a decade, claimed to have found the listening device secreted in a chair in the team's meeting room at the InterContinental Hotel on August 15 previous year.
All Blacks coach Steve Hansen had said while his team would respect whoever the Wallabies put out on the park, they might try and target any newcomers in the starting side.
And since New Zealand became world champions in 2011, the Wallabies have been forced to count a single Bledisloe Test victory and two draws as highlights amid 11 Kiwi wins.
New Zealand's security consultant Adrian Gard is facing a charge of making a false statement to police, pleading not guilty.
The woman involved in the incident has also spoken about the incident.
"He (Hansen) is not going to travel that far to come and see me and I wasn't go that far to go and see him", Byrne said on Friday.
The Smith controversy has also intruded into the All Blacks' match preparation.
The woman concerned says she kept quiet to protect Smith's career.
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Gray said he had planned to make the announcement next week but that the events in Charlottesville "accelerated the announcement". City officials said they plan to move the two statues to Lexington's Veterans Park, located about seven miles south of the city.
Since this week's developments, New Zealand Rugby re-opened the investigation into the matter.
Williams, however, chose to concentrate on rugby sevens a year ago and then ruptured his Achilles tendon in his first match at the Rio Games.
"The way they had portrayed me was being as an absolute "ho", a woman that had targeted this guy at the airport and forced myself on him and I'd acted in such a way that they didn't even want their players around me anymore", she said in a clip aired by 1News this morning.
It's a stance that has infuriated the New Zealand Rugby Union who have been careful in all of their public comments to not make allegations of blame or insinuate or speculate who might have planted the device.
"The third thing that makes the really risky is their desire to try to help Australian rugby and at the moment it has a bit of a cloud over it and they haven't won the Bledisloe in a long time".
The Wallabies are pledging to play running rugby in pursuit of a boilover to restore battered pride in the gold jersey after a season from hell for the game in Australia.
"He's in a great space in that he knows he's dealt with this issue and done the things he needed to do around this".
In some ways, Saturday's will be a more familiar role for Rona than the centre spot he's occupied in 14 Super Rugby games, reverting to the wing spot that he starred in at the NRL.
Livewire back McKenzie will win his third cap at Sydney's Olympic Stadium on Saturday after Hansen chose to rest Israel Dagg and move Ben Smith to the right wing in his place.