Hansen to extend coaching stint?

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen is weighing up the possibility of extending his contract through to the 2019 World Cup.

Hansen, who has guided the All Blacks to a second successive World Cup title, has stated that he will make an announcement on his future before the Rugby Championship, which kicks off in August.

His current contract runs until the end of 2017, but the New Zealand Rugby Union are understandably believed to be inclined to extend that for another couple of years.

‘New Zealand Rugby have got to say they’re keen too. I’m sure if we can sit down, something positive will come,' Hansen told the BBC. 'But there’s four things I’ve looked at. One is the family … is it right for them? Is it right for the team? Is it right for the [New Zealand] Rugby Union and can I still get up in the morning and motivate myself and the team to improve?

'So if I can’t do all those things, I won’t do it. If I still think I can do it and the players are keen on me to do it, then I’ll think about it.’

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