All Blacks head coach Steve Hansen is set to receive a contract offer which will keep him in his job until the next World Cup.
Despite guiding New Zealand to World Cup glory in England last year, Hansen indicated, at the time, that he is unlikely to be in his position when they defend their title in 2019.
That view has led to leading players and New Zealand Rugby saying they want him to stay on in his position and it appears that Hansen is considering to do just that.
New Zealand Rugby chief executive Steve Tew revealed that his organisation is negotiating a new deal with Hansen.
“We are talking to Steve as we speak and the sooner [we get it sorted] the better but these things always take a bit of time and we need to make sure it’s right for both parties,” he told Newstalk ZB.
“We are working through that carefully but I think the time frame is relatively short.
“Steve has indicated that staying on to 2019 is something he would seriously consider.
“It seems that it’s right for him and his family and I think he’s getting the vibes from our side and the players that they would like him to be around. In the end, that is probably the most important thing.
“Is it right for the team for Steve to be here for a further two years and what does that mean for the rest of the management team and other coaches who are aspiring?”