11 Apr 2013

Hansen reappointed All Blacks coach

7:01 am on 11 April 2013

Steve Hansen has been reappointed as All Blacks coach through to the 2015 Rugby World Cup.

Hansen was initially appointed head coach on a two-year contract following the World Cup in 2011.

The All Blacks lost just one of their 14 Tests last year, won the Rugby Championship and retained the Bledisloe Cup.

New Zealand Rugby Union chief executive Steve Tew said Hansen's reappointment was fully endorsed by the organisation's board.

"Having the All Blacks go back-to-back at Rugby World Cup is one of the key goals for our organisation over the next three years and we look forward to working with Steve and the rest of the All Blacks team to help them achieve that goal," he said.

Hansen said he was delighted to be given the opportunity to continue coaching the All Blacks.

The coach said the focus, as always, will be on enhancing the All Blacks' legacy.