Steve Hansen Set To Quit As All Blacks Coach
All Blacks boss Steve Hansen is set to quite his post following the 2019 Rugby World Cup.
Hansen has been with the All Blacks for 13 years, having been an assistant to Graham Henry from 2004-2011 before taking the top job. He won a Rugby World Cup under Henry in 2011 before guiding the All Blacks to another himself in 2015.
Speaking to the New Zealand Herald, Hansen says he doesn’t see himself extending beyond 2019.
“I think, without committing to it 100%, I can’t see myself extending beyond the World Cup,” Hansen said.
Hansen was originally expected to step down following the 2015 Rugby World Cup but was convinced by New Zealand Rugby (NZR) to change his mind and his contract has been extended to 2019.
“I guess I am kind of arguing against myself,” said Hansen
“There is a lot of scrutiny and I will be forever thankful for the opportunity. But top of the pyramid is my family and it will probably be time to give them more.”
“Then it comes down to do they (NZR) want continuity from a head coaching point of view, or do they want someone new. That will be up to the appointment panel. There are some good candidates,”
The leading contenders for the biggest job in rugby should Hansen leave include current assistant coach Ian Foster, Ireland’s Joe Schmidt and Warren Gatland