Joe Schmidt's All Blacks hopes put on hold as Hansen pens new deal
Joe Schmidt will have to bide his time if he is to become the next All Blacks coach after New Zealand Rugby (NZR) confirmed that Steve Hansen will stay on until the 2019 World Cup.
Hansen, who helped New Zealand retain the Webb Ellis Cup last year, was expected to be reappointed, but Schmidt remains a very viable candidate to take over in three years.
The Ireland coach has long been tipped to be a future All Blacks coach and NZR chief executive officer Steve Tew name-checked Schmidt last month as being a possible successor to Hansen.
Schmidt is at home in New Zealand, where he is mulling over whether to extend his contract with the IRFU, which runs until June 2017.
He is expected to inform the union of his decision when he soon returns.