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Published: 08:58 | 25/7/16

Hansen commits to All Blacks

Deal covers 2019 Rugby World Cup

Steve Hansen is targeting a third successive Rugby World Cup triumph with New Zealand after extending his contract with the All Blacks until the 2019 tournament in Japan.

Hansen's contract had been due to expire at the end of 2017 and he had previously indicated that he would step down from the position after the British and Irish Lions tour of New Zealand.

However, after speaking to family and senior members of the All Blacks squad, Hansen has opted to extend his contract by a further two years.

"It's not a decision that was made easily or lightly. I had to be certain, but having got the feedback from management and the players that they wanted me to continue ... it was a no brainer," Hansen said.

"It's the best job going. I love what the All Blacks are, the history that comes with them and the legacy they have created. I just love being a part of it.

"There is a challenge to go through to 2019 and go for three (World Cups) in a row because it has never been done before and it's a real challenge for this team and one they want to get up for."

Hansen has been involved with the All Blacks since 2004 when he was brought on board by then head coach Graham Henry and took over after the 2011 World Cup success.

“Steve’s winning record is unsurpassed in the modern era. Since becoming Head Coach in 2012, he has recorded 52 wins in his 57 Tests to date, with two draws and just three losses. That’s remarkable and unparalleled in international rugby," NZR Chief Executive Steve Tew said.

“While Steve has a fantastic winning record, equally positive has been his intuitive ability to continue growing the team through meticulous selection and rigorous preparation, and to inspire the players to reach even greater heights.

“He’s also lead an era where the team have been outstanding ambassadors for fans both here and around the world. Rugby World Cup 2015 was a great example of a team that wanted to be successful both on and off the field and they recognised that they could achieve a lot by doing so.”

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