If Hansen isn’t encouraged by the current dominance of his All Blacks side, there’s a chance that the New Zealand coach can be even more pleased with what’s to come.
Following his side’s performances in the Rugby Championship, the 2015 World Cup will be looked at as a genuinely winnable competition for the reigning champions, who would become the first country ever to win the tournament twice in a row.
On Saturday, Hansen’s starting XV had an average of 27.5—arguably the ideal number considering the next World Cup is just over 18 months away and 29 considered prime for any rugby player.
What will affect the team’s odds massively is how they react to the loss of their veterans.
The likes of Andrew Hore, Richie McCaw and Tony Woodcock could be a little too far over the age of 30 to influence the All Blacks as much as they have in recent years come 2015.
However, Hansen can be encouraged by the sight of players like Sam Cane, Dane Coles and possibly Ben Tameifuna making strides in the All Blacks’ ranks in the very near future.
Having said that, there’s already steady first team figures among the likes of Israel Dagg, Julian Savea, Brodie Retallick, Sam Whitelock and Aaron Smith, who between them hold a collective age of just 120.