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All Blacks coach Hansen rules out England move after World Cup

 

By Duncan Bech

New Zealand head coach Steve Hansen has ruled out the possibility of succeeding Eddie Jones as England boss.

Hansen's All Blacks contract expires after the next World Cup with his future beyond Japan 2019 undecided, but the 58-year-old is adamant he will not take charge of another international side if he does step down.

Jones is tied to England, who finished fifth in this year's NatWest 6 Nations, until 2021 after signing a two-year extension in January that is subject to a break clause dependent on performance at the global showpiece.

"I can say I won't be coaching England," admitted Hansen.

"If I was going to stay coaching international rugby then I'd stay coaching the All Blacks. It's a massive time commitment, no matter what team you're with.

"It would have to be right for the family and the team. If it's not right for both those parties, it wouldn't be right for me to go off and coach someone else. I'd rather stay and do it in New Zealand if it was right.

"I don't know what I'll do when the day comes for me to finish, but coaching is in my blood.

"I'll probably be coaching until the day I die. Whether that's in England, we'll have to see."

Successive defeats to Scotland, France and Ireland have registered England's worst Championship performance since 1987 but Hansen believes they have suffered from providing the bulk of the squad for last summer's Lions tour to New Zealand.

Hansen and Jones will go head to head on November 10 in the second of the four autumn internationals staged at Twickenham this year.

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