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Hansen Confirms Exit Plan

Hansen Confirms Exit Plan

Steve Hansen has revealed he will step down as head coach of New Zealand after the 2019 World Cup in Japan. The 59-year-old has enjoyed a successful spell with the All Blacks since taking the reins from Graham Henry after success at the 2011 World Cup in New Zealand.

Hansen helped the Kiwis defend their world crown in 2015 and will be hoping to make it three wins on the bounce in Japan next year.

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With assistant coach Ian Foster being linked with the role, and fellow New Zealanders Joe Schmidt and Warren Gatland also connected, Hansen feels after the 2019 World Cup it will be a good time to step aside.

“It’s right for the team to have someone new after the World Cup, whether that’s from within or without,” said Hansen. “It will bring a new outlook for the team and it’ll be time for someone else to enhance the legacy of the All Blacks.”

He added: “I’ve still got the support of the rugby union and the backing of my players and I appreciate that. “This allows us to concentrate on winning the World Cup and I’m really excited and motivated by that.”

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