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Business as usual for All Black coach Steve Hansen

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen will be with his players this weekend

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Article Published: Thursday 18 October 2012

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen will still travel with the team to Brisbane for this weekend's Bledisloe Cup clash even though his father died this week.

Hansen's father Des passed away earlier this week which put the All Black coach's involvement this weekend in doubt.

However Hansen has confirmed that he would travel with the team as normal.

"You'd be lying if you didn't say it's been a really tough week," Hansen told Stuff from the All Blacks' Christchurch hotel.

"But we're a tight family and the rugby family have been great. The distraction of going to training... has been awesome."

Players and management have supported Hansen since the news of Hansen Senior's ill-health surfaced and Hansen himself has said that he wanted to preparation in a business-as-usual manner.

The All Black coach said that his father would want him to do what is best for the All Blacks.

"Dad would kick my ass if I didn't do the job right," he said.

"I was always going to Brisbane, it was never, ever in doubt. He'd roll over and shoot me if I didn't."

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