Steve Hansen extends term as All Blacks coach
Wellington, Dec 16 (AP) - Steve Hansen's term as All Blacks head coach has been extended by two years, ensuring he will be in charge when the British and Irish Lions tour New Zealand in 2017. New Zealand Rugby chief executive Steve Tew told a news conference Tuesday that Hansen will continue in his role for two years after the 2015 World Cup. Hansen was appointed head coach in 2012, taking over from Graham Henry who was in charge of the All Blacks team that won the 2011 World Cup. In 42 tests since his appointment, Hansen has guided New Zealand to 38 wins, two draws and two losses. Hansen was previously an assistant to Henry from 2004 to 2012, taking over after stepping down as Wales' coach after the 2003 World Cup. "It's a privilege to be part of the All Blacks and not something you could ever take for granted," Hansen said. "After getting the support of my family and various team personnel to continue, I asked myself if I still had the hunger and desire to continue in the role, which I do, so the decision to continue became a no-brainer, because there is no better job in world rugby." Tew said Hansen's contract had been extended to allow him to manage the transition between the 2015 World Cup and the next world tournament in Japan in 2019. "Steve is the first All Blacks coach to be given a contract extension beyond a Rugby World Cup which demonstrates just how much faith the board and our wider organisation, together with the All Blacks players and management, have in him," he said.