All Blacks coach Steve Hansen to step down after Rugby World Cup

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen to step down after Rugby World Cup

With Hansen in charge, the All Blacks have posted 85 Test victories, eight losses and three draws, a win rate of nearly 90 percent.

Hansen said he wanted to make the announcement about his future early so New Zealand Rugby had time to identify a successor.

The overall team prize was claimed by the Commonwealth Games and World Cup-winning Black Ferns Sevens squad, again shading the All Blacks, who won 12 of their 14 Tests this year.

"They'll now all know, as a result of today, so I don't think we'll now have to put out an advertisement for the gig".

Hansen said in making his intentions clear nearly 10 months out from the World Cup, he hoped to give New Zealand Rugby the longest-possible time to find his successor.

We look at five coaches who could be given the honour of taking charge of the mighty All Blacks. Under that system, Hansen's long-time assistant Ian Foster would become head coach in a natural succession.

There is no mistaking Cocksedge's class as the 2015 Women's World Rugby player of the year approaches 50 caps for the Black Ferns having won two World Cups since her global debut in 2007. "So don't bother asking", he said, adding that his priority was to guide the All Blacks to victory in Japan, which would be their fourth World Cup victory overall.

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"The northern hemisphere have really come to the party since the last one and got themselves in good nick".

The main man the helm since 2012 and prior to that, an assistant coach for eight years, Hansen says he feels that the time is right to walk away and hopes to concentrate more on family life.

Furthermore, several members of that champion team could hardly celebrate New Zealand's fifth global title since 1998 because they were due back at work within a week, but significant steps have since been taken to give the Black Ferns a better platform to perform from.

Henry said his former protege could leave the All Blacks satisfied with his achievements. "All I'm focusing on is making sure we get to next year and we try and retain that Bledisloe Cup and then try and do something that's not been done before".

"Fiao'o, Beauden and Rieko bring our total number of nominations for the awards to seven, with Black Ferns Sevens players - Sarah Goss, Portia Woodman and Michaela Blyde nominated for the Women's Sevens Player of the Year award, and All Blacks prop Karl Tu'inukuafe nominated for Breakthrough Player of Year".

Schmidt will quit the Ireland role after the World Cup and is seen as a top contender for Hansen's job.

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