Hansen named ABs coach

The New Zealand Rugby Union has contracted Steve Hansen as the head coach of the All Blacks until the end of 2013.

Hansen was expected to succeed Henry, so Friday’s announcement came as no surprise. Hansen has served as an assistant coach to Henry at the All Blacks for the past eight years, and so his elevation to the top job was seen by many as a natural progression.

On the point of assistants, Hansen’s sidekicks will only be named at a later date. On Friday, Hansen said he will only need one assistant instead of the traditional two. The others involved in the All Blacks management in 2012 will be specialist coaches.

The decision by the NZRU to appoint Hansen was unanimous.