The All Blacks coach Graham Henry has confirmed he wants to continue in the job past this year.
Henry was appointed on a two-year contract after the 2007 World Cup and had earlier refused to indicate whether he would seek to continue in the job beyond its expiration.
However, Henry who's 62 says he does want to stay on.
If reappointed it's is highly likely he'd then take the team through to the 2011 World Cup in New Zealand, ensuring he would be the first coach to lead the All Blacks at two tournaments.
When re-appointed in 2007 it was widely expected Henry would hand over the coaching role to his assistant Steve Hansen at the end of the contract.
Henry says he doesn't know if he'd simply get a contract extension or the NZRU would make it a contestable process again.