Tuesday 25 June 2019

Hansen to step down from All Blacks after Japan

Steve Hansen, head coach of the All Blacks. Photo: Getty Images
Steve Hansen, head coach of the All Blacks. Photo: Getty Images

All Blacks head coach Steve Hansen has confirmed he will step down from the role at the conclusion of next year's Rugby World Cup in Japan.

The 59-year-old has been involved with the New Zealand side since 2004, first as an assistant to Graham Henry and then as head coach following the conclusion of the 2011 World Cup on home soil.

He has fashioned an unrivalled record in the professional era, having won 85 of his 96 games in charge, which included the All Blacks' successful World Cup defence in 2015.

"After being involved in the All Blacks for 16 years, I do feel it's right for the team for me to stand down," Hansen said.

"I think change after the Rugby World Cup will bring a new outlook for the team and it'll be time for someone else to enhance the legacy of the All Blacks.

"We'll be attempting to do something that has never been done before - to win three consecutive Rugby World Cups. I'm highly motivated by that, as is the whole group."

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