After months of speculation about whether he is staying or going after next year's World Cup, Steve Hansen delivered his decision to a wait-and-see nation in a typically straight-line manner.
Hansen attended the news conference at the Heritage Hotel in Auckland this morning with the New Zealand Rugby Chief Steve Tew and Chairman Brent Impey and said, "We are all here to determine whether I'm staying or going, I'm going."
In the next 25 minutes, Hansen talked about his reasons for resigning after the next year's next year's tournament in Japan, which will be the fifth where he was head coach (one with Wales, four with New Zealand).
The most important thing is that he believes that, after having been involved with the team since 2004 and since 2012 as head coach, it is time for a fresh voice and new eyes.
Right behind it is the ability to spend more time with his family and try to live a more "normal" life, as he put it.
He refused to think about the highlights of his time with the All Blacks because he said he has 12 months to go, and he did not feel like stepping into who he thinks he should succeed, although he said that his current assistant Ian Foster would do well despite the fact that he has not coached abroad.
Hansen said that he had not lost his passion for the work and that he was not sick of the pressure that went with it, and said that it was one of his best aspects to walk in a packed test arena without knowing if his party would win or not.
"I think that after 16 years it has been a very privileged time to take part in rugby in New Zealand, but from a New Zealand rugby standpoint, I think it's reasonable to give them time to … a replacement to find, "he said.
"The turbulence of trying to find a replacement after the World Cup, whether it is a good or a bad one, is not really the way to do the process.
"It also means that we do not let ourselves be distracted by you who ask me every five minutes whether I stay or go, so that will be great and we will be able to concentrate on what we have to do.
"We have always said that it is first about the team and not about the individual and I think it is good for the team to have someone new after this World Cup.
"The other important reason is that I want to spend more time with my family, they have given me unconditional support and now it's time for me to make them the only focus and spend more time with them – and I pack it not – is that you become everyone's property and that everyone has an opinion, which is good for me, but it is difficult for the other family members. & # 39;
Hansen has no other coaching role in the queue. In fact, he has no plans after the World Cup, which starts in September. The All Blacks go for their third consecutive – the first time that a country has even tried such a feat.
"I have not thought about what I am going to do after the World Cup, it is such a great privilege to coach the All Blacks and I concentrate on nothing more than the next 21 months, because we have an incredible opportunity to to do that no other team has ever done, "he said.
"I do not regret making the decision and feeling good by doing it now, it gives the Rugby Union enough time to find a replacement and carry out their process and it means that I will not be questioned every five minutes. "
Hansen's plans have taken the nation for months and now the attention will go to his successor. Kiwi trainer Schmidt from Ireland has excluded himself in the short term, which means that Hansen's assistant Foster will not have the trouble to take the reins.