17 Dec 2011

Steve Hansen named All Blacks head coach

11:49 am on 17 December 2011

Steve Hansen has been confirmed as head coach of the All Blacks, replacing Graham Henry, who retired after the Rugby World Cup.

Hansen, who also coached Wales, was widely expected to take over.

After Henry retired he endorsed his forwards coach of eight years, saying continuity was important.

The New Zealand Rugby Union board has agreed unanimously with chairman Mike Eagle saying Hansen is the best possible candidate.

The 52-year-old was the only candidate an appointments panel recomended for an interview with the full board.

He's signed a two-year deal and will have one assistant coach with other people in specialist roles.

The NZRU says the full team will be announced as soon as possible.

Hansen says he's excited and honoured to be chosen as he has huge pride in New Zealand rugby and wants to enhance the All Black legacy.