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Steve Hansen, All Blacks coach, will join Japanese club Toyota Verblitz – report



Steve Hansen's next work seems to be an open secret.

The All Blacks coach, who will step down after this year's World Cup, was again linked to a Toyota rugby director from Japan's Verblitz.

The Sydney Morning Herald doubled speculation, saying Waratahs coach Simon Cron will join him at the club.

It is the second time this month that he is connected to the post by separate points.

Blacks captain Kieran Read has already signed with Toyota Verblitz next season.

The team is currently led by Jake White, who guided South Africa to the 2007 World Cup.

Cron, who is out of contract at the end of this season in NSW, is a man in demand.

Steve Hansen, All Blacks coach at All Blacks at Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin. Photo / Brett Phibbs.
Steve Hansen, All Blacks coach at All Blacks at Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin. Photo / Brett Phibbs.

One of Australia's most respected coaches among the players, Cron turned Waratahs's once-poor play into one of Rugby's best.

The Waratahs have already announced that Daryl Gibson will remain in charge next year.

Earlier this month, the Daily Telegraph reported that Cron has not yet made a decision about his future, although the lure of working with Hansen and the lack of coaching options in Australia were part of his thinking.

Toyota recently announced the signing of captain Read All Blacks, and attracting Hansen would be a double jackpot for the franchise, which has never won the Top League.

Hansen, who coached the All Blacks to victory at the 2015 World Cup and was an assistant when he won in 2011, has announced that he will leave office after this year's World Cup but has yet to announce what he is doing further.

Cron is the nephew of All Blacks coach Mike Cron and is well connected in New Zealand.

He signed with Waratahs last season after leading the Northern Suburbs to his first Shute Shield premier in 41 years in 2016, narrowly missing the 2017 final for Warringah.


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