Hansen to announce his plan tomorrow

Hansen to announce his plan tomorrow”

The 32-year-old Smith had always been expected to quit New Zealand after the global showpiece and seek an overseas contract.

Schmidt has now confirmed he will leave his Irish role following the tournament in Japan next year, with defence coach Andy Farrell lined up to replace him. "I'm just fully focused on the next 11 months".

"After being involved in the All Blacks for 16 years, I do feel it's right for the team for me to stand down".

Asked if Hansen could now instead take up a more senior role, he explained: "Whenever you lose someone who's been around for a long time, there's a desire to (a) protect what they know and make sure it doesn't go somewhere else and (b) to make sure that we transition".

"He has been a key member of the All Blacks leadership group for many years and captained the team against Samoa last year".

"Ben will leave New Zealand with the very best wishes of everyone involved in the All Blacks", said Hansen.

Ben Smith celebrates a try with team-mates during the 2015 Rugby World Cup.

Hansen has called time on his All Blacks tenure

"It's hard not to keep doing what I am doing with a fantastic group of people".

"On behalf of the New Zealand Rugby Board, I'd like to thank Steve for his enormous contribution to our national game".

Steve Hansen looks set to make a call on his coaching future on Friday.

As well as the RWC2015 victory, continued success during the Hansen era has also included winning every Steinlager Series from 2012-2018, winning the Investec Rugby Championship every year except 2015 (including a "Southern Grand Slam" of wins in 2013 and 2016), and unbeaten tours to the Northern Hemisphere in 2013, 2014 and 2017.

Other contenders for the award this year were Graham Shaw, the head coach of the Irish women's hockey team that reached the World Cup final, Jim Gavin, whose Dublin side completed an All-Ireland four in-a-row, and Dominic Casey, who oversaw another great year for Irish rowing.

"We'll be attempting to do something that has never been done before - to win three consecutive Rugby World Cups".

Ireland head coach, Joe Schmidt, turned down an offer for him to become part of the All Blacks coaching team.

Like this



14 December 2018
Latest Leaked Details Regarding The Samsung Galaxy S10 Should Please Most Consumers
In comparison, the £60 price bump between the entry-level Galaxy S9 and entry-level Galaxy S10 looks impossibly reasonable. However, all eyes are on the Samsung Galaxy S10 anniversary flagship and how will it implement all the new technologies.

14 December 2018
Rep. Denny Heck Says Beggining of the End of Trump Presidency
Recalling his decision to bypass those steps, Comey said, "I thought: 'It's early enough, let's just send a couple guys over'". Mueller's team has already suggested to the court that Flynn be spared jail time, citing his cooperation.

14 December 2018
Bolton unveils plan to counter Russian Federation and China influence
John Bolton said that the White House would seek trade deals in Africa to encourage the continent to turn away from Beijing. The developing a new initiative called "Prosper Africa" to expand U.S. economic interests and investment in Africa.

14 December 2018
Reports of bomb threats being investigated in Edmonton as well
Numerous businesses receiving threats claim the emails demand money in bitcoins and included the subject line "Think Twice". The emails had different subject lines and various text variations, but all carried the same threat.

14 December 2018
CBC brings 'Baby, It's Cold Outside' back to music stations
Deana Martin told Fox News: "It just breaks my heart and I know my dad (Dean Martin) would be going insane right now". They want it off the airwaves all together, claiming it promotes date rape and sexual harassment.

14 December 2018
Japan's top 3 telcos to exclude Huawei, ZTE network gear
Chinese Foreign Ministry representative Lu Kang said China has just had "correspondence" with Japan about the issue. Huawei is been blocked in the U.S., Australia and New Zealand markets; forbidden to build 5G networks .

14 December 2018
UN's Guterres: No deal in climate change talks would be 'suicidal'
Ypersele called for the 1.5-degree target - already mentioned in the 2015 Paris accord - to be recognized in the final text.

14 December 2018
Jackson on Raptors: 'Hardest-working team in the league'
Whenever Kyle Lowry forced a switch among the Warriors' defenders, it was nearly always a precursor for some larger play. Leonard missed Toronto's back-to-back against the LA Clippers and Golden State Warriors this week.

14 December 2018
Emotional candlelight vigil for Grace Millane on Queenstown lake front
Ms Millane's father David travelled to New Zealand and attended the suspect's court appearance with other family members. A 26-year-old man appeared in an Auckland court on Monday after he was charged with the murder of Ms Millane .

14 December 2018
VitaminWater offers big money to go smartphone free for a year
Vitamin Water didn't go into detail about how they'll monitor the contest but said lie detector tests will be involved . Vitaminwater says they'll choose one person who will trade in their smartphone for a 2000s era calling-only phone .