Hansen All Blacks' coach named Coach of the Year

The 57-year-old steered the world champions to an impressive campaign in the Rugby Championship.

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New Zealand's All Blacks head coach Steve Hansen, pictured on October 1, 2016, is named World Rugby coach of the year play

New Zealand's All Blacks head coach Steve Hansen, pictured on October 1, 2016, is named World Rugby coach of the year

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New Zealand's Steve Hansen received the coach of the year award for the fourth time in five years at the World Rugby awards in London on Sunday.

The 57-year-old, who succeeded Graham Henry as head coach when the latter stepped down after the 2011 World Cup success, made light of the retirements of All Blacks stalwarts Dan Carter and Richie McCaw to steer the world champions to an impressive campaign in the Rugby Championship and in the process set a new record of 18 successive Test victories.

The only time in the past five years the former Wales coach has not picked up the award was last year when he lost out to Australia's Michael Cheika despite beating their historic rivals in the World Cup final.

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