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All Blacks coach Steve Hansen to take job at Japanese club after World Cup - report

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen reportedly already has his next rugby job lined up after this year's World Cup.

According to Sydney's Daily Telegraph, Hansen is set to become the director of rugby at Japanese club Toyota Verbitz after his commitments to the national side end this season.

The report adds Hansen wants Waratahs assistant coach Simon Cron, nephew of All Blacks scrum guru Mike Cron, to coach the team as well when he takes over.

It would give the club a fair bit of Kiwi flavour, with All Blacks captain Kieran Read also signed to play there next year.

The Japanese side is currently coached by Jake White, who led the Springboks to World Cup glory in 2007, but it's understood he will be leaving the club at season's end.

Hansen announced last year he was stepping down as All Blacks coach but didn't hint at what he was doing after.

The 59-year-old has led the All Blacks since 2012, coaching the team for 96 Tests so far in which they've won 85, drawn three and lost eight - giving him a winning rate of 88.5%.

The All Blacks also won the 2015 World Cup under his regime, becoming the first team to defend their world title in rugby.

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen shares a laugh with defensive copach Scott McLeod during an All Blacks training Source: Photosport


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