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Graham Henry knighted

2012-05-03 12:53

Wellington - Rugby World Cup winning All Blacks coach Sir Graham Henry has been officially knighted at a ceremony at Government House in Wellington.
 
According to the allblacks.com website, the former All Blacks mentor, who stepped down after guiding the All Blacks to a 8-7 win over France in the 2011 World Cup final, received the honour from Governor-General Lieutenant General Sir Jerry Mateparae.
 
What made the occasion especially poignant for Sir Graham was that his 96-year-old mother made a special trip up from Christchurch to see her son be made a Knight Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit.

Henry couldn't even persuade his mother to watch the World Cup final in Auckland, but he was happy his entire family, including wife Raewyn, could attend.

Typically humble, Sir Graham said that the award couldn't have been bestowed without the help of his team, whom he said he missed immensely.

"They have been good mates for a long time. That day on October 23 was immense but we got through it and we survived.'

"It's (the knighthood) also a reward that I've accepted as part of a group of people, Richie and the boys, I have a huge amount of respect and pride for what they've achieve, for Steve and Wayne, fellow coaches, and the whole of the management team of the All Blacks."

Henry stepped down with an incredible 85.4% winning record, with 88 victories achieved in his 103-Test reign with the All Blacks.

As well as claiming the World Cup, Henry never lost the Bledisloe Cup during his watch, recorded three touring Grand Slams, won five Tri-Nations titles (including four straight), and guided the All Blacks to what is by aggregate the most comprehensive series defeat of the British and Irish Lions.


Graham Henry knighted (Getty Images)

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Comments
  • Hallo - 2012-05-03 13:16

    As a staunch Bok supporter, this is a great coach and he did well to come back from the disappointment of '07. Just don't expect us to call him Sir ;)

  • AcidBlade - 2012-05-03 13:17

    Graham Henry = LEGEND

  • Priyal - 2012-05-03 13:28

    Sir Sulky

  • Mike - 2012-05-03 13:39

    They were at home and if they didn't win in NZ they would have been the biggest chokers since the SA cricketers. They nearly managed to lose too to France. Also their ref blew us off the park so they wouldn't have to play SA. I really don't think that deserves a nighthood.

      Charl - 2012-05-03 13:48

      thay would have walked over south africa. sa were not really that good at the world cup. needed a better coach and captain

      Timothy - 2012-05-03 16:48

      I think he is a great man but Bryce was the man who should have got the Knighthood as he ensured that the All Blacks never met the Boks in the competition. I am convinced that without their main man Carter, the Boks would have beaten them in a Semi final.

  • Anthony - 2012-05-03 13:45

    Well done NZ. Give credit where it is due. England knighted Clive for his world cup win. What did SA do to Jake White - fired him and SARFU wants nothing to do with him. Shows the world how screwed up our sporting bodies are.

      Johnny - 2012-05-03 13:54

      Agree 100%

      Francois - 2012-05-03 14:03

      Agree with Mike. IRB made sure they gave them the tournament at home, because thats the only place they can win it. Made sure they "drew" France for the pool stages - so they could avoid them in the playoffs. Made sure they "drew" us in the tenderiser pool with the Islander thugs. Made sure the ref of the quarter was a NZlander who would assure the least threatening team goes through. Won by 1 measly point against a team that they beat "comprehensively" in the pool stages and who also lost to TONGA! Hardly a against all odds amazing world cup campaign. Lets see how good All Black rugby is in the next 4 years against another REAL Bok coach, as opposed to the token we had to suffer for the last four. And besides, the Queen knights people, not some nobody governers assistant furniture duster. Otherwise, I am asking my gardener to knight me as well this weekend for building a really good sandpit for my kids. WTF???!!!

      allblacksfanatic - 2012-05-03 14:13

      Well said Anthony!!! Francois stop smoking weed its not good for your brains or what's left of it!!! #Hater

      Rich - 2012-05-03 18:45

      Francois, stick to building sandpits. You obviously have no idea what GH has achieved - theres more to rugby than the RWC. His 85.4% winning record says it all. Read the article you ignorant berk!

      Rich - 2012-05-03 21:52

      Five Tri-nations titles including four in a row. Very impressive indeed considering SA only have three titles in 16 years.

  • allblacksfanatic - 2012-05-03 14:15

    Sir Graham Henry I salute you!!! #ALLBLACKS4EVA Kia Kaha!!!

  • margo.george.18 - 2012-05-03 22:03

    Sir Graham Henry is a legend

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