New Zealand coach Graham Henry insists he is yet to make a decision about his future beyond the 2007 World Cup.
Reports in France suggested Henry was grooming Steve Hansen as his successor, as happened when both coached Wales.
However, Henry said in a statement: "We’re all focused on coaching the All Blacks to the Rugby World Cup.
"Steve Hansen and Wayne Smith are both very talented coaches, which is great for New Zealand rugby.
"Our contracts are up after the Rugby World Cup, and the NZRU [New Zealand Rugby Union] will look at what’s best for the team at the appropriate time."