Former “All Blacks” coach Steve Hansen changes codes – joins the Canterbury Bulldogs in the NRL.
Hansen joins the Bulldogs as a high-performance consultant, and the Bulldogs hope to renew him after a season in which they finished in 15th place with just three wins from 20 games.
Bulldog CEO Andrew Hill is delighted to have brought Hansen on board, saying he will work closely with new coach Trent Barrett and his management staff, as well as with the player leadership team.
‘[It’s] “Great news for anyone related to bulldogs because he is one of the most respected figures in all sports.”
“To be able to have someone with a Steve record and work in the background with our staff and players will be a great benefit for our club.
“He was responsible for being the main driving force behind one of the most successful sports brands in history and his knowledge and thinking in areas such as leadership, high performance, preparation and ethics will be invaluable to our club as we look to create a real environment for success, on and off the field.
“Steve has already developed a relationship with Trent Barrett after Trent spent some time with all the blacks in recent seasons and we believe his knowledge and insight will be of great benefit.”
Barrett told the Daily Telegraph that the role was activated after Barrett spent time in the All Blacks camp.
“We’ve been in touch and talked about this role for months,” said Barrett. “This is really big for us.
“When I got the job in Canterbury, I just thought he would be ideal and that he wanted to help and try something new.
“It is fantastic for us to be in a leadership position and to help make sure we are on the right foot in the areas of culture.
“It is well known that all blacks are a benchmark in that regard.
Hansen retired as head coach of the All-Blacks after the 2019 Rugby World Cup and took on the role of coach with Toyota Verblitz in Japan, completing 107 games as head coach for the All-Blacks, winning 93 matches Triumph at the 2015 World Cup and six rugby titles.
Barrett says Hansen will offer advice in all areas of the Bulldozers’ football operations and hopes Covid-19 restrictions will allow Hansen to spend considerable time in the camp with the club.
“It will be a broad role and it is important for me to have someone of his growth to rely on,” he said.
“There are not too many things he has not seen or done in sports.
“There are a lot of things we can do during zooming. Ideally, when he has our camps and we do our preparation, it would be helpful for him to be here with us. That is something we will work on.”