Rugby World Cup 2011

Henry would consider RFU role

2011-10-27 12:20
Graham Henry (AFP)

London - New Zealand coach Graham Henry has said he would be interested in a role with English rugby following his World Cup-winning campaign with the All Blacks, it was reported on Thursday.

Henry crowned a glittering coaching career on Sunday with victory over France at Eden Park as New Zealand ended their 24-year wait for a World Cup.

Now the outgoing Kiwi coach has indicated he would be available for interview should the Rugby Football Union sound him out about a possible development role as English rugby attempts to rebuild after a poor World Cup campaign.

"Yes, I would talk to the RFU, sure," the former Wales and British Lions coach told the Daily Telegraph.

"I couldn't just not do anything. I would love to help other people.

"I'm particularly proud about the environment created in this All Blacks team. I would love to work in coach development, player development, environmental development, cultural development of a group of people. I'm passionate about that."

Henry, whose own position came under threat after the All Blacks' unsuccessful campaign in 2007, also warned of the dangers of knee-jerk sackings.

"Too many people with real ability get shot because of a result," Henry said.

"Replacing a coach because of a result or because of public pressure or media pressure is not the right thing to do. Replacing a coach because he's not good enough is the right thing to do.

"Look at all the successful coaches around the world. They've got longevity. Look at Sir Alex Ferguson, longevity."


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