Hansen signs up for All Blacks until 2017

Steve Hansen will welcome the 2017 British & Irish Lions after signing a contract extension as New Zealand head coach. [more]

Steve Hansen

Steve Hansen will welcome the 2017 British & Irish Lions after signing a contract extension as New Zealand head coach.

Hansen has an impressive record as All Blacks head coach, having won 38 of the 42 Tests he has taken charge, the other four games bringing two draws and two losses.

The 55-year-old had been assistant to former coach Graham Henry since 2004 before succeeding him after New Zealand's 2011 World Cup triumph.

Hansen's previous deal ran out after the 2015 World Cup but after putting pen to paper he will now be in charge until after the Kiwis host the British & Irish Lions tour.

The former Wales coach is the first All Blacks boss to be given a contract extension beyond a World Cup and he insists it was an easy decision to extend his tenure.

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"After getting the support of my family and various team personnel to continue, I asked myself if I still had the hunger and desire to continue in the role," said Hansen.

"I do, so the decision to continue became a no-brainer, because there is no better job in world rugby."

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