Topic: Rugby

Steve Hansen reappointed as All Blacks coach until 2019

New Zealand Rugby has confirmed that All Blacks Head Coach Steve Hansen has been reappointed until 2019.

NZR Chief Executive Steve Tew says it was easy for the Board to make the decision to keep Hansen on board through to the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan.

Tew spoke of the All Black's great success since being under Hansen's leadership.

"Steve's winning record is unsurpassed in the modern era.  Since becoming Head Coach in 2012, he has recorded 52 wins in his 57 Tests to date, with two draws and just three losses.  That's remarkable and unparalleled in international rugby."

Hansen says he's honoured and grateful to the New Zealand Rugby Board and Steve Tew to be given the opportunity.

"It was never going to be an easy decision nor a foregone conclusion that I would extend my contract. As I've said many times before, it had to be right for my family, for myself and for the team.

In speaking to my family, they've all given me their wholehearted support and I'm very thankful for that because you just couldn't do this job without that.

In asking the important questions of myself, I had to be confident, firstly, in my own mind that I still had the passion, drive and commitment to keep pushing this team to improve and be better.  The recent Steinlager Series against the Welsh confirmed to me that I still had that internal motivation.

Once again, I'm incredibly grateful for the opportunity to be part of the All Blacks team and looking forward to the next four years."