England waste talent - Henry

2012-01-30 07:21

London - The All Blacks' Rugby World Cup-winning coach Graham Henry has described England as "world champions at wasting talent" and as playing a game based on fear.

Henry guided New Zealand to victory last October in stark contrast to England who endured a miserable World Cup, crashing out in the quarter-finals with their campaign marred by a number of off-field incidents.

Henry believes England have good attacking players but questions whether they can ever fulfil their potential as long as they persist with their present approach.

He told that England has top-drawer attacking players but they are seldom used.

"It sometimes seem that England are world champions at wasting talent.

"At national level and at club level English teams are far too worried about securing possession.

"No wonder England had trouble scoring tries against the better teams at the World Cup."

He singled out Ben Foden, Chris Ashton and Delon Armitage as players who have impressed him but believes they may never reach their potential.

"A country with over a million players should be the best team in the world and England's potential in the backs is as good as it has ever been.

"But how frustrated those players must get in a white shirt.

"England and the English clubs played a game based on fear and a generation of promising backs are dying on their feet.

"That has to change."

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  • hendrik.pienaar - 2012-01-30 07:57

    D'oh. Running it from everywhere isn't the only way to win games. Henry should keep his trap shut... he was lucky to beat France (who were in disarray, and have a much weaker provincial club system then England). England just need to manage the culture of their team better, and the players better. Also stick with a group of players... stop the chopping and changing. The right captain, and right coach can take them far.

      Peter - 2012-01-30 08:42

      Erm, French teams have competed in 10 out of 16 Heineken Cup Finals. And won it 5 times. I dont think they are that much weaker.

      Gungets - 2012-01-30 10:09

      Henri is holding the World Cup. He is entitled to comment. They were the team to beat the whole of last year, and will be this year. He is right about England.

      vdwjasper - 2012-01-30 10:19

      France has a weaker club system?? Hendrik, you don't know much.

      Razz - 2012-01-30 10:20

      @Hendrik. Don't be short sighted mate. Henry's vision for international rugby is huge. He knows what he talking about and proved it to the world. Don't talk about lucky to beat France, do you remember the 1995 semi's in Durban SA vs France now that is lucky. Wonder wheather you were born that time.

      J.D. - 2012-01-30 11:43

      Henri is holding the world the world cup but in a controversial way, nearly lost to the Frech which was not nearly their best and the Lawrence factor. They did not play the boks. My view is that Henry should shut up and be thankful to lady luck.

      Justin - 2012-01-30 12:21

      @J.D, are you still upset that the BOKS could not beat the Aussies in the Semi? Get over yourself!

      Jimmy - 2012-01-30 12:50

      @ JD, that's like saying the boks don't deserve WC 2007 cause the AllBlacks didn't play them.... IDIOT !!! And what happened with Bryce and John Smit not going for a drop-goal has got nothing to do with Sir Graham Henry.

  • Joseph - 2012-01-30 08:07

    new broom sweeps clean.

  • Shaun - 2012-01-30 08:46

    I think the comments of a World Cup winning coach should stand for something....surely?

      Kosie - 2012-01-30 09:09

      but when jake white opens his mouth everybody has something bad to say about him

      Paul - 2012-01-30 09:10

      You mean the Bryce Lawrence Cup?

      hannesenbrianda - 2012-01-30 10:29

      If you realise how small New Zealand is, you wonder how they manage to produce consistently so many good players. Sure the physicality and speed of the Pacific Islanders helps but I got a feeling there is more to it. They select less players for the AB and they stick with them.

      Bob - 2012-01-30 19:56

      new zealand has a far smaller pool of players to choose from compared to south africa or for that matter england,yet under graham they were statically the most successful team on the planet in any can put it down to his coaching .........i think its more likely the breed of player he had to chose from .

  • Jody - 2012-01-30 08:50

    Graham is correct. SA is in same boat and i hope Heynecke can rectify. France are the biggest WC chokers as how often have they reached final or semi final and then lose.We witnessed one of the best games of tennis between number 1 and 2 in the world this weekend and i would like all traditional rugby nations to be as strong as possibl to enable us as rugby followers to watch great games , full of skill and brilliance.

  • Nicholas - 2012-01-30 08:51

    Word around the camp fire is that Nick Mallet will be taking over.

      Kosie - 2012-01-30 09:10

      hope so for his sake

      Alan - 2012-01-30 09:47

      Mallet will Hammer them into shape.

  • Bill - 2012-01-30 10:45

    Grinding forward play where a ten minute maul gains 5 meters is hailed as brilliant rugby. English commentators are united in condemning the "showboat rugby" of the S15 while expounding the merits of good old fashioned mauling. Boring stuff. I am with Graham Henry on this one. English backs all have a second job as on-field photographers taking snapshots of the forwards hogging the ball.

  • DuToitCoetzee - 2012-01-30 11:02

    Old Grumpy, I agree with you. They should be able to do better and fear is a factor with them. Making them a world power can make the sport more interesting. I will stay a Springbok supporter forever and when opposition improve it improves the competition.

  • Etienne - 2012-01-30 12:59

    so go coach them

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