In a surprising blow to the team of the NRL Canterbury Bulldogs, the former All Blacks coach, Steve Hansen, agreed to work with the club as a high performance consultant.
Hansen has had an incredible coaching career that began in Crusaders in New Zealand, before moving to head coach position with Wales between 2002-04. During his time in charge of Wales, Hansen took them to the 2003 Rugby World Cup quarter-finals, before assuming the role of All Blacks assistant coach with Graham Henry.
The All Blacks experienced great success during this period, which culminated in the victory of the Rugby World Cup 2011 against France at home at Eden Park in Auckland.
With Henry leaving after the World Cup, Hansen assumed the role of head coach and New Zealand entered a period of unprecedented success which included remaining undefeated throughout 2013, before retain the World Cup in 2015, after defeating Australia in the final at Twickenham.
Hansen continued to train with outstanding success until the 2019 World Cup, which saw New Zealand withdraw in the semi-finals.
He Bulldogs CEO Andrew Hill, was delighted that the club could learn from someone with Hansen’s background.
“Being able to bring Steve Hansen on as a high performance consultant to the club is great news for everyone associated with the Bulldogs as he is one of the most respected figures in all of sports,” he told the official Canterbury Bulldogs website.
“Steve will work closely with our technical and administrative staff, as well as our leadership group of players.
“Being able to have someone with Steve’s track record and background working with our staff and players will be a huge asset to our club.
“He was responsible for being a major driving force behind one of the most successful sports brands in history and his knowledge and thoughts in areas such as leadership, high performance, preparation and team ethics will be invaluable to our club as we seek to create the environment. suitable for success, on and off the field.
“Steve has already developed a relationship with Trent Barrett after Trent spent some time with the All Blacks in recent seasons and we believe his knowledge and insights will be of great benefit going forward.”