Wallabies coach Michael Cheika has unleashed on the All Blacks and New Zealand media following a "disrespectful" depiction of him as a clown.
Reacting to a caricature which appeared in the Weekend Herald yesterday, Cheika took aim at New Zealand during a post-match press conference.
"They dressed us up as clowns today so they wouldn’t really want our comment. I don’t think they’d respect our comment anyway so we won’t make one," Cheika said.
"The All Blacks didn’t do that, the paper did," pointed out one journalist.
"Well I think that’s the same guy who reported the supposed bug isn’t it? Where’d that come from?
"That's our crest…"
Captain Stephen Moore added: "When I think about the way the jersey’s portrayed in that picture, for everyone that’s put that one in the history of the Wallabies, I think that's pretty disrespectful.”
"But they won the game so they’re the ones laughing."
When Steve Hanson was asked about the incident, he said Cheika can't take the picture "to heart".
"Well you've got t be bigger than that don't you.
"I've been dressed up like a clown myself. You don't take it to heart otherwise it'll break you."