Rugby: Steve Hansen's plea to struggling Kiwis during coronavirus lockdown

Former All Blacks coach Steve Hansen is urging Kiwis to seek help, if they're feeling vulnerable during these unsettling times.

New Zealand is entering day 12 of the nationwide coronavirus lockdown, scheduled to last one month, although it could yet be extended further.

The lockdown has seen businesses close and people lose their jobs during already tough times. 

Hansen is aware many are struggling during this anxiety-full period, so he urges people to seek help, if they need it. 

"If you're feeling vulnerable, put your hand up and ask for help, because you’re surrounded by people who love you, so it's not going to be too hard to help someone," he told 

"We're resilient, but we don't have to be doing it on our own."

Hansen has enjoyed some success as a part owner of the race horse Nature Strip, which dominated a Group One race held in Sydney over the weekend.

"It's a distraction in a worrying time," he added. "If we can hang in and trust the system, the process, we'll come out the other side." 

Hansen lef this post as All Blacks coach after last year's Rugby World Cup and he's currently the director of rugby with Japanese club side Toyota Verblitz. 

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