A week on from their victory over England at Twickenham, the All Blacks remain shocked by the treatment they received during the game.
And their anger has been echoed by All Black legend Wayne “Buck” Shelford who described fan abuse “verbal diarrhoea”.
The All Blacks staff are believed to have been extremely disappointed by the disrespect shown to captain Richie McCaw, whilst other incidents were also of great concern;
• The All Black coaches were subjected to “significant verbal abuse” during the match;
• The disrespectful behaviour of high profile officials and VIPs astounded them. Prince Harry was reportedly among those who attempted to drown out the haka by singing the adopted English anthem Swing Low Sweet Chariot, and RFU boss Jon Dance opened the official after-match function by reportedly saying: “I’m just going to say what everyone is thinking. England deserved to win that game.”
The treatment dished out to the men in black, who won the game 24-21, divided opinion among rugby greats yesterday. Shelford said although it was over the top, it was to be expected from English fans.
“You always get that kind of verbal diarrhoea. And it was always going to be a bit more intense than usual being just a year out from the World Cup.”
But fellow great Ian Jones said the All Blacks needed thicker skins, especially come World Cup time. He said the English were simply doing what All Black fans did to visiting teams here.
“The England fans will be at fever pitch when we go back there for the World Cup but the players should be professional enough not to let this bother them. Sometimes getting abuse from home fans just makes you all that more fired up to go out there and win.”