Nine of the funniest interviews inspired by Mack Hansen’s slip of the tongue
The third round of the Six Nations was at it again with some tightly contested games, moments of brilliance and several incredible tries.
Adding to the drama on the field was a light-hearted and humorous moment off it as Ireland’s Mack Hansen showed some serious panic in his post-match interview after his side’s victory against Italy.
In light of Hansen’s funny interview, Planet Rugby has dipped into the archives to find some of rugby union’s funniest moments in front of a microphone.
Mack Hansen (Ireland)
It would be rude not to start with the interview on everyone’s mind! We have said it before, and we will say it again, Hansen was hilarious in this clip after claiming his man-of-the-match award.
Speaking after the game where he scored a brace, the winger bumps the microphone and its stand, catches it as it’s falling and drops a humorous F-bomb on live television. The Australian-born wing’s reaction to this is just as funny as he rips out as many ‘pardons’ as he possibly can muster within five seconds.
The facial expression was pricelessly exaggerated by his flamboyant handlebar moustache! What a moment and one that reminds us all that these superstars are as human as anyone.
🤣 Pardon, Mack? Hansen's interview. #ITAvIRE #GuinnessSixNations pic.twitter.com/AOT1DuJmr6
— Planet Rugby (@PlanetRugby) February 25, 2023
Nick Cummins (Australia and Western Force)
The wacky winger from Australia always seemed to find his happy place in front of a camera, whether he was ‘showing the patience of the Dalai Lama’ or ‘going up and over and bloody head over biscuit’.
He is truly one of the strangest and most entertaining characters the game has seen, so much so that he was the star of Bachelor Australia after he hung up his boots.
There are a plethora of Honey Badger interviews worthy of a chuckle, so here they are all in one place.
😭 We miss Nick Cummins' interviews.
There are some absolute classics here. 🤣pic.twitter.com/jBoagoU3tI
— Planet Rugby (@PlanetRugby) March 23, 2022
Brendan Venter (Saracens)
The South African is about as blunt as a cheap pocket knife on a camping trip in this one. No doubt he is seethingly angry after losing during his time at the helm of Saracens and wants nothing to do with the media.
Venter gives very little away but know he is “thinking about it, thinking about it deeply” as he is begging for the interview to stop.
The punchline is, without doubt, “three cheers for Sireli Bobo”. Absolute gold from Venter all those years ago.
🗣️ “Three cheers for Sireli Bobo…”
It's been 11 years to the day since this classic Brendan Venter interview. 🤣pic.twitter.com/Z820nDlLHP
— Planet Rugby (@PlanetRugby) December 11, 2021
Max Lahiff (Bristol)
It all starts with his sound body position right at the beginning of the video and sets the tone for a debaucherous pre-match interview with the Bristol Bears media.
Lahiff delves into the “intimate” intricacies of the game, trying not to laugh as he elaborates on the “gladiatorial confrontation” against the “mavericks” at Wasps.
Utterly ridiculous and utterly hilarious. Fair play to the front-row who is taking the absolute mickey in this!
Don't really know what to say about this… 🤷♂️
The one, the only @LahiffMax delivering once again in his pitch walk interview! 🤣🤣🤣#BRIvWAS | #BristolBears pic.twitter.com/GwS2wTnABy
— Bristol Bears 🐻 (@BristolBears) March 12, 2021
Joe Marler (Harlequins)
From one front-row to another and the first of two from the outspoken Englishman. This one is filled with joy as Marler is beyond happy to have won the Premiership.
“Loud noises, I love Lamp!!” He certainly was not lying when he said he did not know what he was saying. Nevertheless, we are pleased two-time Premiership champions sounded better than one-time champions to you, Joe!
😂 "LOUD NOISES, I LOVE LAMP"
🏅 @JoeMarler with another classic post game interview. #COYQ pic.twitter.com/sFaQuk9txm
— Harlequins 🃏 (@Harlequins) June 27, 2021
Joe Marler 2.0 (Harlequins)
The sarcastic, nonsense-causing face of Marler says it all in this interview as he makes life interesting and difficult to talk about the actual rugby. Instead, he jokes about the media picking him because he likes talking to them. Throw in a cheeky jab at South African teams in the Champions Cup, and he almost has his fill.
Rather heart-warmingly, he ends the interview with news the team would visit Live Village, an orphanage in South Africa. Marler is wacky and one of the most entertaining characters the game has seen.
Another classic interview from Joe Marler. 🤣pic.twitter.com/zB7riuSFKl
— Planet Rugby (@PlanetRugby) December 2, 2022
It would be strange if a funny interview piece would omit one of rugby union’s most outspoken, witty and, at times, brutal characters since the game entered the media age.
Jones is at his absolute best in this one on a call in to the New Zealand studio show, The Breakdown, where he savagely tears into the All Blacks feeder systems; Samoa, Tonga and Fiji!
The chuckle from former All Black Mils Muliaina says it all. Jones stumped the panel and followed with that cheeky smile.
🏉 England coach Eddie Jones with the cheeky jab at New Zealand rugby ahead of @SuperRugbyNZ Aotearoa kicking off this weekend!😂 pic.twitter.com/27H7saAP9D
— Sky Sport NZ (@skysportnz) June 8, 2020
Ellis Genge (England)
Probably the most casual interview on the list as Genge looks upset with how his team had been portrayed by the “sausages”. Rather bizarrely put but likely substituting for something a bit more harsh.
The sip of beer really pulls everything together as the England star seems to care very little about the interview with his teammates out being drug tested. A strange interview but another memorable and blunt one to add to Venter’s earlier effort.
"A lot of sausages just say what comes into their head."
Ellis Genge has no time for England's critics. pic.twitter.com/F6aEV4caNe
— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) February 8, 2020
Constant Beckerling (Witwatersrand University)
In all fairness, the passion of the Wits University captain is unparalleled. He screams into the microphone as if he is trying to start a rebellion!
It all starts off well as he oozes togetherness and even more passion, but then he drops… that line! It’s one to listen to several times just to check if he actually said that.
Just gold from South Africa’s Varsity Cup.
"The guys played with enormous testicles." 😂😯 #MondayMotivation.
Is there a more inspirational leader than FNB Wits' Constant Beckerling?#RugbyThatRocks @WitsSport @WitsUniversity pic.twitter.com/jypW4AHGvt
— Varsity Cup (@varsitycup) January 27, 2020
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