Hansen named eight debutants for the 69-31 victory last weekend, all of whom contributed well and in some cases - particularly George Bridge - suggested they have big futures with the All Blacks, but the sentiment by one English newspaper writer that he was handing out "confetti caps" clearly offended him. Eddie more than anybody understands that. "We usually talk either by text or by phone, probably every second week", said Hansen.
Asked this morning by a United Kingdom writer about his "experimenting" last weekend at Ajinomoto Stadium, and whether that would be continuing this week before the test against England at Twickenham, Hansen seized his chance to fire back.
"People who get excited by it are the people that have to write the stories, and sell the newspapers". And he's still doing the same job.
"And if you look at our overall numbers, we're actually overall pretty good".
England lost four consecutive Test matches to New Zealand in 2014, but a quirk of the global fixture schedules means the two sides have not met since.
Tom Curry has been ruled out of the remainder of England's autumn series with an ankle injury the Sale flanker sustained against South Africa.
"When we were successful with the Wallabies we could beat them because we could get to their set-piece, particularly their line-out", he said. "It's always good to have other people who are doing a similar role to yourself to be able to talk to... you've got to have some form of relationship that allows you to get on with each other".
"He's had some success against New Zealand in the past, but hopefully he doesn't get any on Saturday". "From that sense it's great preparation for what's coming one year from now; how you deal with different things that are thrown at you in the moment and how quick can you adjust".
"We've got a lot of options there", added the former England captain. "They do it in rugby league in Australia".
Obviously if they're not quite on the money then we're going to have a plan and it does open up an opportunity if we're smart so we have to make sure we're all aligned.