VIDEO: Coach Steve Hansen turns down PM John Key’s request to captain All Blacks
The 50th Halberg Awards – a chance to recognise the cream of the crop of New Zealand sportspeople and team in the 2012 calendar year - was also an event full of humour.
Two very famous New Zealanders were called to the stage to present the award for New Zealand’s Favourite Sporting Moment for 2012.
They were introduced as follows: “Two men, one of whom has the most important job in the country, and the other is the Prime Minister. Ladies and Gentlemen, All Blacks coach Steve Hansen and Prime Minister John Key.”
And then the banter began.
Key started: “So I don’t want to put you on the spot ... ”
“But you’re gonna,” taunted Hansen.
“You’re looking for a captain… and, I’ve got a bit of time this year. Grew up in Christchurch so I fit into the Crusaders and I used to be a banker so I reckon I’d make it as a flanker. Just, in a word, do you want me?" said Key.
“Okay,” replied Key quickly. "So, moving right along…”
“You’re not a bad skipper of the National Party,” interjected Hansen, “and a great PM, and it sounds like you could be a poet, but I just don’t know where I’d fit you in”.
“Number 16 I think,” said the PM, hoping for a spot on the All Blacks' bench.
“Probably number 24,” Hansen said, placing Key outside the team's full 23-player squad.
“Okay,” Key conceded.
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