Rugby: Steve Hansen hopeful South Africa remains in Rugby Championship, despite rumoured Super departure

Sir Steve Hansen wants to see South Africa stay in the Rugby Championship, despite their impending departure from the Super competition.

Hansen's officially now Sir Steve Hansen, after receiving his knighthood at a ceremony in Christchurch on Monday.

The former All Blacks coach is still getting used to his new title, and it seems that he would prefer 'Shag' over 'Sir'. 

"No there's not to many people calling me Sir Steve at the moment," Hansen says.

"I prefer just Steve.

"But there's a moment there where you have a quiet smile to yourselfand you think we've got some of this right."

But it's rugby where Hansen is in his comfort zone, and he's watched on with interest as the future of the game is debated from all corners of the globe.

Amid all the impending upheaval of Super Rugby, that is likely to see South Africa part ways, Hansen hopes the Springboks will remain part of the Rugby Championship.

"The alternative to South Africa not being in Super Rugby is they go and play domestically up North.

"But there's no reason why they can't stay in the Rugby Championship."

He says that will be for today's decision-makers though as the 2015 Rugby World Cup winning-coach turns his focus to a quiet life at home in Wanaka. 

"Getting enough time to go and spend a bit of time at the Trout Bar, have a meal and support the locals."

And maybe take in a game or two as well, without the stress of the top job.