Hansen extends All Black contract until 2019 Rugby World Cup

The NZR board made a unanimous decision to extend Hansen's contract to the 2019 Rugby World Cup.

FILE: All Black coach Steve Hansen. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN

All Blacks head coach Steve Hansen has extended his contract until 2019, New Zealand Rugby (NZR) has confirmed.

New Zealand Rugby Chief Executive Steve Tew said it had been straightforward for the board to make a unanimous decision to extend Hansen's current contract from 2017 through to the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan.

Tew praised the work Hansen and his management team had done in his tenure which has been an unprecedented period of All Blacks rugby.

"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."

Tew noted Hansen's work off the field as well.

"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."

The 57-year-old Hansen said he was very honoured and grateful to the New Zealand Rugby Board and Steve Tew to be given the opportunity to extend his contract.

"It was never going to be an easy decision, nor a foregone conclusion, that I would extend my contract. As I've said many times before, it had to be right for my family, for myself and for the team."

Hansen, who did have a stint in Wales, said he was ecstatic to be leading the All Blacks through until Rugby World Cup 2019.

"Having the opportunity to be part of a team that will be trying to win three consecutive Rugby World Cups is both an invigorating and exciting challenge and one I'm very much looking forward to being part of."