New Zealand coach Steve Hansen will announce what his future plans are earlier than Christmas, he advised a press convention on Sunday.
The 59-year-old will try to land a second successive World Cup as head coach subsequent yr.
He was requested if he knew whether or not his compatriot and Ireland coach Joe Schmidt was going to depart his submit after the game’s showpiece in Japan.
“Well, I don’t know, you’ll have to ask Joe,” mentioned Hansen.
“We’re all going to be making an announcement shortly.
“I made a decision earlier than I left (New Zealand for the All Blacks tour) that I used to be going to make an announcement, and I’ll do this earlier than Christmas at some stage.”
Schmidt, whose contract comes to an finish after the World Cup, has been talked about as a possible future All Blacks coach.
He has carried out no hurt to his prospects with two victories in 4 conferences with the world champions — the final one an exciting and gutsy 16-9 win on Saturday — the only times the Irish have beaten the Southern Hemisphere giants.
Schmidt is due to announce by the end of November whether he will stay on.
Schmidt, who has revolutionised Irish rugby since taking over the reins in 2013 and landed three Six Nations titles, would be a rarity as an All Blacks coach in coming from outside the national set-up.
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New Zealand have a policy of promoting coaches into the All Blacks ranks from Super Rugby jobs.
Hansen was promoted to the top job from being assistant after head coach Graham Henry stepped down following the 2011 World Cup triumph.
Hansen’s present assistant Ian Foster has been in the job for six years after a seven-year stint as coach of the Waikato Chiefs.
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