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Current Super rugby champions the Crusaders have announced that Scott Hansen will join their coaching group in 2020 as replacememt for Brad Mooar who left earlier this month.

Hansen comes in to replace Mooar as Crusaders Assistant Coach for the 2020/2021 Super rugby seasons.

Crusaders CEO Colin Mansbridge said: “We are thrilled to confirm another world-class coach will be joining our club, in preparation for the 2020 Super Rugby season.

“Scott Hansen has worked closely with Razor and Jase in the past as part of the Canterbury Rugby environment, and has since gained an immense amount of coaching experience overseas.

“We believe Scott will complement our existing coaches superbly, and we look forward to welcoming him back to Christchurch at the conclusion of Japan’s Rugby World Cup campaign,” Mansbridge said.

Head Coach Scott Robertson added: “I’ve known Scott a long time, he’s a proud Cantabrian, and a former Crusader who stepped away from the coaching environment here in order to gain valuable experience overseas. He’s an incredibly hard worker and we have a great connection having coached together previously, so I value his input immensely.”

Hansen worked alongside Robertson with the Canterbury provincial side in 2013 and 2014, winning the national title in the 2013 season. His departure from New Zealand saw him assist the Canadian national side as Backs Coach during their 2014 tour, before joining Aaron Mauger at Leicester Tigers in 2015.

In 2017, he joined the Japanese Top League as Assistant Coach of the Kobelco Steelers, and made the move to Super Rugby as an Assistant Coach at the Sunwolves in 2018 and 2019.

Before joining the Crusaders coaching team at the end of the year, Hansen will assist the Japanese national side at the 2019 Rugby World Cup.

“I’m really excited about the opportunity to return home and reconnect with Razor and Jase at the Crusaders, after a number of years in rugby environments abroad,” Hansen said.

“The Crusaders organisation is highly regarded for its commitment to excellence, with loyal supporters from within the region and around the world. I’m looking forward to working with staff, management, and players in the coming seasons and contributing to the proud legacy of Crusaders rugby.

“With a number of fantastic coaches and many world class players leaving to take on new opportunities and experiences, this is a really exciting time to be joining the club. While my current focus is helping Japan achieve our goals at this year’s Rugby World Cup, I look forward to returning to Christchurch at the end of the year and tackling the next challenge in my coaching career.”

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