All Blacks coach Steve Hansen set to unveil future plans

International
by RUGBY.com.au staff

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen is set to announce his plans beyond the 2019 Rugby World Cup on Friday.

Hansen will address media at 9am NZT on Friday 7am AEDT, with an announcement that could force a few dominoes around the world to fall either way.

It's a move that could be pivotal for the future of the Wallabies as well, with uncertainty around Australia's coaching staff in 2019 and beyond.

Regardless of what happens in 2019, the appointment of a Wallabies coach post-World Cup could certainly be affected by Hansen's announcement on Friday.

Hansen has previously told NZ publications that he was unlikely to stay on beyond 2019 but the 2015 World Cup winning coach has never shut the door entirely on staying on with the All Blacks.

It has been reported across the ditch that NZ Rugby has offered Hansen a two-year extension on his current contract, that would take him through to 2021, with the possibility of a succession plan in place for the 2023 Rugby World Cup in France.