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Hansen moves to Japan

Former New Zealand coach Steve Hansen confirmed yesterday he is taking up a role with the Toyota Verblitz in Japan’s Top League. Hansen’s tenure with the All Blacks ended after they finished third at the Rugby World Cup in Japan, where they beat Wales 40-17 in the bronze-medal match. In a video statement, Hansen said his role with Toyota Verblitz would be more as a consultant rather than a coach. “I’ve got a new job which involves me mentoring, consulting and advising at Toyota Verblitz,” Hansen said, confirming widespread speculation that he had taken up an offer to work in Japan. “It’s not as a head coach, it’s more as an advisor, a mentor, and it requires me to be up there for five to 17 weeks a year.” It is the second big All Blacks signing for Verblitz after Kieran Read, who ended his 127-test international career after the RWC, announced earlier this year he was also moving there. The highly acclaimed Hansen, 60, who was the All Blacks head coach when they won the RWC in 2015 and an assistant coach when they won in 2011, will be working alongside former New South Wales Waratahs assistant Simon Cron, who is now the Verblitz head coach.


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