Hansen pledges to help NZ win Rio sevens gold

TONY SMITH
Last updated 13:23 28/07/2014
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KEEN SUPPORTER: All Blacks coach Steve Hansen wants to see New Zealand win sevens gold at the Rio Olympics in 2016.

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The All Blacks will do what they can to support New Zealand's bid for sevens gold at the Rio Olympic Games.

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen made that pledge today in the wake of the New Zealand Sevens team's loss to South Africa in the Commonwealth Games final in Glasgow.

He said discussions had already started on plans for 2016 when the Rio Olympics will potentially clash with the All Blacks' Rugby Championships schedule.

Some of the present All Blacks squad, notably fullback Ben Smith, have had sevens experience and several others would adapt easily to the shorter form of the game.

Hansen said New Zealand sevens coach Gordon Tietjens "will have a plan with what he wants to do, and we've got to support that".

"It's a pretty important occasion, the Olympics, and we've unfortunately been beaten today for the gold medal at the Commonwealth Games," Hansen said.

"Outside of winning the Rugby World Cup, the next big thing is the Bledisloe [Cup] for the 15s game, and in the sevens game, the biggest thing is going to be the Olympics.

"We have to make sure we get the right policies in place to support that so it doesn't affect the bigger picture ,but we need to support it.

"The process has already started."

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