All Blacks coach Steve Hansen did his best to protect veteran loose forward Jerome Kaino after the inevitable questions of his return to New Zealand over "personal matters" was brought up in the press conference following the All Blacks' 54-34 win over the Wallabies.
Questioned where "Jerome's head space was at" after allegations in Australian media of the player having an extramarital affair surfaced hours before kick-off, Hansen asked for respect over Kaino's family matters.
"You put yourself in his shoes and tell me what your head space would be like," said the All Blacks head coach.
Hansen believed nothing more could be said on the issue and that Kaino was now resolving the matter with his family.
"There's been enough written about that already, it's a personal thing that he and his family have to deal with."
"As I said there's no point us sitting here trying to talk about how he feels and if you're struggling with that put yourself in his shoes and imagine what would be said and how you'd feel."
The All Blacks management then wrapped up the press conference before Hansen had a few departing words for the reporter as he got out of his seat.
"Sports not about that," said the All Blacks coach shaking his head.
It's yet to be confirmed if Kaino will be available for the All Blacks' next match against the Wallabies in Dunedin next Saturday.
Varnish cache server