Hansen calls for ceasefire

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen has criticised the media for their unfair treatment of British and Irish Lions coach Warren Gatland.

The two mentors have been embroiled in their own war of words but now Hansen, in an apparent turnaround, has called for a ceasefire.

After all, it was Hansen who started the back-and-forth when he initially criticised the Lions coach's playing style and then slammed Gatland as 'desperate' and 'predictable' for saying New Zealand were deliberately targeting Conor Murray.

However, Hansen insists there are no hard feelings between the pair. And after the New Zealand Herald published a cartoon with Gatland portrayed as a clown, the All Blacks mentor has leapt to his compatriot's defence, labelling the publication as 'disappointing.'

"I think it is really disappointing," Hansen told Stuff.

"It's one thing to have a bit of banter, and then you guys (the media) beef it up to make it bigger than it really is.

"I have heard you say that I don't like him, and we won't have a beer. I have got a lot of respect for him. I think he is a good coach. I have got a lot of respect for the Lions, they are a good team.

"To come out and do that (mock him up as a clown), you are ridiculing somebody that doesn't deserve it. At the end of the day, we are all coaches trying to do what we think is right.

"Sometimes people don't always agree with what we do, but that's okay, you are allowed to have your opinion. But to ridicule someone is not right. It's a bit disappointing really.

"I read somewhere I lashed out at Warren Gatland. I haven't lashed out at Warren Gatland at all. I am looking forward to having a beer with him and a chuckle about life."

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