Former Blues coach Pat Lam wasn't at all happy after being reportedly labelled as an "ex-New Zealander" by All Blacks coach Steve Hansen.
Hansen said he was unimpressed about the lack of communication from Steven Luatua's team after he announced earlier in the week he had signed a two-year deal with English club Bristol for the beginning of the 2017-2018 season.
Lam will be taking over coaching duties for Bristol for the 2017-2018 season after his successful stint as coach for Irish club Connacht.
"He's (Luatua) been tapped on the shoulder by Pat Lam which is disappointing," Hansen reportedly told Fairfax.
"If you're an ex-New Zealander you should be a bit mindful about players' careers."
Lam said in a statement, which was sent to Newstalk ZB, that he was "saddened" by Hansen's "personal attack".
"I am not sure why Steve Hansen would unprecedentedly choose to single me out publicly and call me an 'ex-New Zealander'," said Lam.
"I was born in New Zealand to hard working Samoan parents; I was educated in New Zealand and worked as a schoolteacher and a professional rugby coach in New Zealand.
"I had the privilege and honour to represent both my country of birth and my country of heritage. I am a proud New Zealander and I'm also proud to be a Pacific Islander."
Lam also addressed the large New Zealand contingent of players and coaches playing overseas and questioned Hansen whether he considered himself as an ex-Kiwi while he was coaching Wales from 2002-2004.
"Myself and I'm sure many other New Zealanders who are living and working overseas do not consider ourselves 'ex-New Zealanders' just because we are not living in New Zealand," he said.
All Blacks Matt Todd and Ryan Crotty will share the Crusaders vice-captain duties in Super Rugby, providing a complete break from leadership for Kieran Read.
Crusaders head coach Scott Robertson announced flanker Todd and midfield back Crotty will work under captain Sam Whitelock, the seasoned All Blacks lock.
All Blacks Test skipper Read led the Crusaders last year but has been given a reprieve from the domestic leadership duties in 2017.
"Matt and Ryan are both natural leaders who make a huge contribution through their intelligent reading of the game," said Robertson of the two 28-year-olds who have played more than 200 games between them, all for the Crusaders.
Both are in the starting side of a trial team to face the Hurricanes in Waverley on Friday.
Robertson has raised eyebrows by naming Chiefs recruit and three-Test All Blacks centre Seta Tamanivalu on the right wing.
Wearing No.13 in what looks close to their strongest backline is national age group standout Jack Goodhue.
Robertson has mixed his forward options, with flanker Jordan Taufua on an over- sized bench along with four Test tight forwards - Luke Romano, Joe Moody, Wyatt Crockett and Codie Taylor.
Crusaders: Israel Dagg, Seta Tamanivalu, Jack Goodhue, Ryan Crotty, George Bridge, Richie Mo'unga, Ere Enari, Whetu Douglas, Matt Todd, Pete Samu, Sam Whitelock (capt), Scott Barrett, Owen Franks, Ben Funnell, Tim Perry.
Reserves: Codie Taylor, Wyatt Crockett, Joe Moody, Michael Alaalatoa, Luke Romano, Quinten Strange, Mitchell Dunshea, Jed Brown, Jordan Taufua, Bryn Hall, Mitchell Drummond, Mitch Hunt, Sione Fifita, David Havili, Sean Wainui, Manasa Mataele, Marty McKenzie.