Experience is massive – Hansen

Date published: October 29 2015

New Zealand head coach Steve Hansen highlighted the need to remain calm as being vital ahead of the Rugby World Cup final against Australia.

The All Blacks take on their rivals and are looking to be the first team to lift back-to-back Webb Ellis trophies at Twickenham on Saturday.

And head coach Hansen had a message for his team before kick-off.

"Not getting too excited too early. You have to quietly build day by day. We don't want to get carried away, do things differently, because it is the final. We know what works for us and we need to stick to that and make good decisions," he said after naming an unchanged side.

"We wanted to get some stability (in the team). We came to this tournament and wanted to get to the business end of tournament pretty solid on our selection. We have had limited injuries so we have been very lucky.

"It doesn't matter what you do in life, experience is massive. When you have got experience and that experience is in good form, that is a massive advantage," he added, with 1,339 caps in his matchday squad.

Hansen has a contract with New Zealand Rugby until 2017 when the British and Irish Lions arrive for their tour. In reflective mood as he approaches the end of a World Cup, he revealed an immense sense of pride in his work.

"It is a feeling of humbleness and being grateful. It comes with a lot of responsibility and you don't want to let them down. It is quite daunting because you are expected to win all the time," said the All Black head coach.

"Once you realise it is there, it is a great place to be. There is not a better team for me to be part of. I will be forever grateful to my family for giving me the time to do it. And to New Zealand."