Former All Black coach Steve Hansen has been knighted.
Hansen, who was given the title in the New Year’s Honours, was given the knighthood honour by Governor-General Dame Patsy Reddy at a short ceremony in Christchurch.
Hansen thanked his family for their support during his career.
Hansen was honoured alongside 13 others in Christchurch, including Hayden Roulston for services to cycling, Yvonne Palmer for services to the community, Paralympian and swimming coach Roly Crichton, and former Grey District mayor Tony Kokshoorn for services to local government.
Who is Steve Hansen?
Sir Stephen William Hansen was born 7 May 1959. He is a New Zealand rugby union coach and former rugby union player.
He is the former head coach of the All Blacks, having stepped down at the end of the 2019 Rugby World Cup.
He was the coach of the All Blacks from 2004 until 2019. He was head coach from 2012.