25 Jul 2016

Hansen will stay on for 2019 World Cup

12:29 pm on 25 July 2016

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen has re-signed through to the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Tokyo.

Hansen was contracted through until the end of next year's British and Irish Lions tour.

Following the world cup win over Australia in November, Hansen indicated he was unlikely to continue through to 2019 but has had a change of heart.

All Black coach Steve Hansen

All Black coach Steve Hansen Photo: RNZ / Ian Telfer

In making the announcement in Wellington today, NZR Chief Executive Steve Tew said it had been easy for the Board to make a unanimous decision to extend Hansen's current contract.

"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," said Tew.

Hansen said he was honoured to be given the opportunity to extend his contract and said it had to be right for his family, himself and the team.

"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."

Hansen said he believed he could and must improve as a coach.

He said he spoke to a number of players and management and received unanimous feedback that it was right for him to continue.

Once he had confirmation of those considerations it was a 'no brainer' to continue, Hansen said.

"As a coach, there is no better job in rugby than coaching your own national team, particularly one that is as successful as this All Blacks team has been."

Hansen said he was thrilled to be leading the All Blacks through until Rugby World Cup 2019.

"Having the opportunity to be part of a team that will be trying to win three consecutive Rugby World Cups is both an invigorating and exciting challenge and one I'm very much looking forward to being part of."