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Henry endorses All Blacks team

2012-05-15 10:08

Wellington - Rugby World Cup-winning All Blacks coach Graham Henry has endorsed the first squad chosen by his successor, saying Steve Hansen has avoided the mistakes he made as a novice.

Hansen on Monday named a 35-man squad heavy with young talent to attend two training camps in the lead-up to a three-Test series against Ireland in June. The squad will be pared back to 30 players on June 3, six days before the first Test.

In an online opinion piece on Tuesday Henry said he had erred when he became All Blacks coach in 2004 by naming too many established players in his first squad. He said Hansen, who was his assistant for eight years, was too experienced to make the same mistake.

AP