Hansen offered All Blacks coaching extension - reports

Hansen offered All Blacks coaching extension - reports

Reports from New Zealand suggest that All Black coach Steve Hansen has been offered a two-year extension for after the 2019 Rugby World Cup.




NZME said it understood that New Zealand Rugby had told Hansen he could stay on for more two years if he wanted to.



That would see him coach the national side until two years out from the 2023 World Cup before handing over to a new coach.


Hansen is due to decide before Christmas whether he wants to stay on after next year's World Cup in Japan.


"I decided before I left [New Zealand] I was going to make one," he said after the All Blacks lost to Ireland in early November.


"That's the $64 million question isn't it?," he told Stuff in London, when asked if he would reapply for the job. "You have got to keep doing it as long as you are enjoying it, as long as you are adding value. As long your family can cope with it, I guess.


The All Blacks' top coaching role has been under much speculation over the past month with Joe Schmidt linked with the job while Scott Robertson has also expressed his interest in the role.


If Hansen did decide to end his tenure after the World Cup, the likes of Warren Gatland and Ian Foster would also be in the mix for the role.



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