Former All Blacks coach Steve Hansen ignoring NRL inexperience, excited about new Bulldogs role – NZ Herald


Former All Blacks coach Steve Hansen has an alien task ahead of him, but he’s convinced he can offer the right tools to help revive a notable NRL club

The Canterbury Bulldogs have brought in Hansen as a coaching consultant, sitting above head coach Trent Barrett who assumes his role in 2021

While arriving without any rugby league experience to write on his resume, Hansen had an outstanding winning record as New Zealand coach at 87% in eight years

Speaking to Bulldogs media, Hansen said he didn’t think his inexperience would be a problem

« Coaching coaching I think I don’t need to understand the inner workings of the game because I don’t coach the game, I just help the coach and his group, » he says

« I think it’s the same in any sport, if you do certain things you will get the environment you need to be successful

« I look forward to joining him, it’s an exciting challenge for me, it’s a different sport »

The two-time World Cup winner reflects a path he craved during his immense success at the helm of the All Blacks – bringing a new perspective to training camp with the inclusion of personalities from other sports

« [I’ve] always been open to people coming to visit us from other sports, and the league has taken advantage of that We had Laurie Daley, we had Craig Bellamy, we had Ivan Cleary and Trent, to name a few, ”he says

« It’s an opportunity for them to see how we operate, but just as much an opportunity for us to see and learn from them, so it’s a two-way street From there you train relations « 

Few of the NRL clubs in need of a reboot like the Bulldogs, who have suffered in the competition’s basement since the last final in 2016 Over the past four years, the club have averaged 125 out of 16 on the scale They also have the second longest playoff drought in prime minister currently

« Barrett, who had spent time with the All Blacks doing DP with us a few years ago, approached me and asked if I would be keen to mentor him or be a fundraiser. resonance for him I have plenty of time for Trent, and once we sort out what he needed and what he was looking for we agreed to continue

To straighten out the ship, Hansen has already pulled out his pen and playbook He says a thriving culture is vital to sustaining success

« If the odd fairy in your culture, so are your results. You may be successful for a little while, but that won’t happen in the long run, and the general idea is to have long term success

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« One of the non-negotiable things for me has always been that the team is more important than the individual, that way you get everyone to contribute to the team, you get everyone to take good decisions No young athlete will ever be perfect « 

The new consultant role follows Hansen’s coaching director role at Toyota Ver Blitz, which was his first company after stepping down as coach of the All Blacks at the end of 2019

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