Steve Hansen, Dan Carter rated among rugby's most influential

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen.
All Blacks coach Steve Hansen.

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen has a 91 percent win record and directed the All Blacks to a third World Cup but he still ranks behind England coach Eddie Jones when it comes to influence in rugby according to a magazine poll.

Rugby World magazine have revealed their most influential figures in rugby with former Argentina halfback and World Rugby deputy chief executive Agustin Pichot topping the list.

Hansen, who last week re-signed as All Blacks coach until after the 2019 World Cup, took third spot on the list, one place behind Jones.

Jones took the England role after the 2015 World Cup hosts were bundled out of the tournament in pool play. Under Jones England captured the Six Nations title before sweeping Australia in the June internationals.

Former All Blacks first five-eighth Dan Carter is the first player on the list, appearing at number five. The Racing Metro number 10 is one of only two players in the top 10 with Wallabies flanker David Pocock rated at the ninth most influential.

World Rugby chief executive Bill Beaumont is ranked number four, a spot ahead of French Top 14 president Paul Goze.

The entire list of 50 appears in the September issues of World Rugby magazine.

Top 10
1 - Agustin Pichot - World Rugby deputy chief executive
2 - Eddie Jones - England coach
3 - Steve Hansen - All Blacks coach
4 - Bill Beaumont - World Rugby chief executive
5 - Paul Goze - President of the French Top 14
6 - Dan Carter - Former All Black
7 - Fikile Mbalula - minister of sport in South Africa
8 - Mark McCafferty - Chief Executive Officer of Premiership Rugby
9 - David Pocock - Wallabies flanker
10 - Nigel Melville - Director of Professional Rugby for Rugby Football Union

- NZ Herald

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