Hansen first became a head coach in 1996 with the Canterbury NPC side, and then in 1999 became an assistant to Wayne Smith for the Crusaders, before replacing Sir Graham Henry as the Welsh coach in 2002.
After the 2003 World Cup, Hansen accepted Henry's request to be an assistant coach for the All Blacks along with Wayne Smith.
During that initial four-year period Henry, Hansen and Smith achieved a lot of success including a 3-0 sweep of the British and Irish Lions in 2005.
After a difficult year in 2009, where the All Blacks lost four test matches - one to France and three to South Africa - and a Barbarians game, the team then achieved a decade long period of dominance where they retained the number one ranking in the world and won almost every trophy available to them each year, including back-to-back World Cups.
Henry retired after the 2011 World Cup triumph, and Hansen was selected as Henry’s successor as head coach.
Hansen continued to build on the drought-breaking success in 2011 and the team claimed their first ever World Cup away from home in England in 2015.
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