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That winning feelingJohn GriffithsJuly 3, 2014
Can you provide Steve Hansen's record as New Zealand Test coach and where does he stand on the list of all-time Test coaches by percentage win ratio? John Davies, Wales
Steve Hansen succeeded Graham Henry as head coach of the All Blacks after the side won the 2011 Rugby World Cup in New Zealand.
The last Test against England in Hamilton was Hansen's 31st in charge. His record reads: P 31 W 29 D1 L1. His sole defeat was 21-38 against England at Twickenham in 2012 and his side drew 18-all with Australia in the Bledisloe Cup match (at Brisbane) in October 2012.
Hansen's side is on a winning streak of 17 Tests since the Twickenham reverse in 2012 - level with the world record run for a leading Test nation set by New Zealand (1965-1970) and matched by South Africa between 1997 and 1998.
Only two top-tier coaches have enjoyed better Test records from ten or more internationals. Fred Allen coached the All Blacks (1966-1968) to a 14/14 return during their world record run in the late 1960s. In those amateur days the coach was referred to as team's "honorary assistant manager."
Allen considered the All Blacks' tour of Britain in 1967 as the summit of his career. "Its members diligently, and I believe successfully, sustained the attempt to play balanced, 15-man Rugby," he later reflected. His approach revolutionised the game in New Zealand. He stood down as coach before the 1969 home series with Wales.
Kitch Christie also steered South Africa to a 100% record with 14 successive wins (including a RWC campaign) from October 1994 to November 1995.
John Griffiths is a widely respected rugby historian and is the author of several sports books, a regular contributor to the Daily Telegraph and co-author of the IRB International Rugby Yearbook. He has provided insight for Scrum.com since 1999.