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World Cup Winning Coach Resigns
Henry quits All Blacks post
Posted Nov 02, 2011 by Chris White
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The man who led New Zealand to this year’s World Cup has resigned from his position of head coach after eight years in the position. Graham Henry has seceded that it is time to pursue a coaching career elsewhere, having won 88 of his 103 Tests in charge of the All Blacks.
The 65-year old took the position in December 2003, and oversaw his side’s 8-7 victory against France in the World Cup Final last month to claim their second title in addition to this year’s Tri-Nations Championship. Henry also guided the All Blacks to three Grand Slams against the Northern Hemisphere touring nations, and won 85.4% of matches as coach.
However, he will be remembered most for his success at this year’s World Cup, winning the tournament on home soil to the delight of a nation.
Henry made the announcement at an emotional press conference, in which he said “I am exceptionally proud of how the players have developed an extremely professional and enjoyable culture and environment, reaching out to people of all ages and putting a smile on their faces, both in New Zealand and overseas. I want to say a special thank you and congratulations to all the players who have played during my time, especially to the two long-term captains, Tana Umaga and Richie McCaw.”
The former Wales coach has hinted that he would be interested in a position with the RFU in England, as the governing body looks to take a new direction in its approach to the sport at grass roots and elite level, however, chief executive of New Zealand Rugby Union Steve Tew would like to keep Henry with them, in a mentor role.
Henry and his assistant Steve Hansen – the man immediately tipped to succeed him – will coach the Barbarians in their match against Australia at Twickenham on 26th November.