23 Oct 2010

All Blacks coaches want some help from the media

7:07 am on 23 October 2010

The All Blacks coaching staff have often been at odds with the media, but now they're asking them to keep their team lineup a secret.

The norm for coach Graham Henry in Test week has been to publicly announce his lineup on Tuesday, but on the end of year tour Henry's decided they'll delay naming their team until the Thursday before the game.

Assistant coach Steve Hansen says they feel they've been given the opposition too much time to devise a game plan in naming their team so early in a test week.

Although he admits it'll be obvious who's playing by their training lineup and will need media help to keep things quiet.