All Blacks to name Henry’s successor

Steve Hansen is expected to be announced as the new All Blacks coach when the appointment is confirmed this Friday.

Graham Henry’s successor was only expected to be named next week, but the New Zealand Rugby Union has said that it wanted the new coach in place before Christmas.

Reports from Down Under suggest that Henry’s long-time assistant, Hansen, will get the job, although Clermont’s Vern Cotter has been mentioned as a strong contender.