Steve Hansen To Step Down From All Blacks Job After World Cup

Steve Hansen To Step Down From All Blacks Job After World Cup
Eoin Lyons
By Eoin Lyons
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Current New Zealand coach Steve Hansen will step down from his post with the All Blacks after the 2019 World Cup.

Hansen has been Head Coach of the All Blacks since 2012 and before that served as an Assistant Coach for eight years. A statement from the All Black's official website confirmed the news, with Hansen quoted as saying that the time is right for him to step aside, in order to spend more time with his family:

After being involved in the All Blacks for 16 years, I do feel it's right for the team for me to stand down. I think change after the Rugby World Cup will bring a new outlook for the team and it'll be time for someone else to enhance the legacy of the All Blacks.

As only people who have done the job will understand, there are not only heavy demands on yourself, but also on your family. My family has given me unreserved love and support over the last 16 years and I feel it's now time to make them the sole focus.

It's been a huge privilege to be part of the All Blacks for such a long time and I'm really looking forward to, and excited by the challenges, of the next 12 months. We'll be attempting to do something that has never been done before - to win three consecutive Rugby World Cups. I'm highly motivated by that, as is the whole group, and we're really looking forward to it

Hansen said he made the announcement about his future now so that his employers would have plenty of time to find a successor:
This is a critical process which shouldn't be rushed and shouldn't be made in the turbulent period that tends to follow a Rugby World Cup campaign.
Hansen has stated that he hasn't made any decision on his future and that his sole focus is on preparing for the 2019 season.

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