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All Blacks head coach Steve Hansen to quit

New Zealand head coach Steve Hansen has announced he will step down after being involved with the All Blacks for 16 years following the 2019 World Cup in Japan.
Hansen, 59, has been Head Coach of the All Blacks since 2012 and led them to World Cup triumph in 2015 and prior to that was an Assistant Coach for eight years said the decision was also motivated by wanting to spend more time with his brilliantly supportive 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.”
Hansen said there had been no pressure from his family to step aside.
“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.”
Recommending on Steve Hansen’s role as Head Coach, New Zealand Rugby CEO Steve Tew said Hansen had overseen “one of the richest periods in All Blacks history”.
“On his watch the All Blacks have had a winning rate of close to 90 percent – a remarkable run of sustained success,” he said.

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