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Sport Emotional Steve Hansen struggles to hold back the tears in his final interview as All Blacks coach, as he bemoans 'one bad day' against England which cost New Zealand a shot at glory in the Rugby World Cup final

14:05  01 november  2019
14:05  01 november  2019 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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All Blacks coach Steve Hansen reflected on the 2007 Rugby World Cup loss to France after England stunned his team in the semifinal in Hansen said he had appreciated England coach Eddie Jones's dignity when they had a quiet chat and met ex- All Blacks head coach Sir Graham

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Steve Hansen waved an emotional goodbye to New Zealand rugby as he signed off as All Blacks coach with victory over Wales in the bronze medal match on Friday.

The World Cup winning coach struggled to hold back the tears as he bid farewell after the 40-17 victory in Tokyo.

But he bemoaned the 'one bad day' the back-to-back champions suffered in the semi-final against England last weekend. 

Steve Hansen wearing a suit and tie: Hansen was left to bemoan 'one bad day' against England that denied the Kiwis a third title © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Hansen was left to bemoan 'one bad day' against England that denied the Kiwis a third title

'It was important we came back and honoured the jersey and our fans and get over the disappointment of last week', he said.

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All Blacks head coach Steve Hansen became emotional when discussing the conversation with his wife shortly after the semifinal defeat to England . We understand that's part of our job as All Blacks to try and achieve things for us. I 'd hate to lose the expectation that comes with being an All Black .

'It was a tough old game for both sides and I want to congratulate Wales too because I know they'll be feeling it a bit at the moment.

'We've played pretty good footy all the way through, from one bad day you lose a game and miss out. That's what knockout football is about.'

When asked what it had been like to be involved in the All Blacks setup since becoming Graham Henry's assistant in 2004 the emotions overcame him.

a group of people playing football on a field: Ben Smith, playing in his final match for New Zealand, scored twice in the bronze medal match © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Ben Smith, playing in his final match for New Zealand, scored twice in the bronze medal match

He waved to the crowd as his eyes welled up and uttered under his breath, 'Just a privilege'. 

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New Zealand head coach Steve Hansen looks dejected after their defeat to England in the Rugby World Cup semi- final at International Carrying such a weight magnifies disappointment, especially on this grand stage. That is partly why the All Blacks ’ head coach Steve Hansen needed a moment

Wales face New Zealand in the bronze final next Friday. Before the tournament our rugby correspondent Robert Kitson predicted an England v South Africa final . His team did enough - just - against a seriously impressive fightback by Wales in the final quarter.

Hansen joined the coaching staff after a two-year stint as Wales boss 15 years ago before taking over from Henry after the 2011 World Cup victory at home.

He successfully defended the trophy in England four years ago before the shock 19-7 defeat by Eddie Jones' men last weekend. 

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