Leicester sound out Henry

2011-12-02 10:58

Auckland - It is not beyond the realms of possibility that one of the most successful Test coaches of all time could link up with the most decorated English club in the professional era.

According to the website, the Leicester Tigers, who won their last title in 2010, have claimed nine Premierships since 1988, but are in the midst of one of their worst starts to a season, sitting 10th overall with just two wins in eight matches.

Director of Rugby Richard Cockerill has said that he would embrace a ‘teacher’ and welcome an association with the Rugby World Cup-winning Graham Henry, who stepped down as All Blacks coach with a World Championship, to go along with an unbeaten run at Bledisloe Cup level (2004-2011), five Tri-Nations (2005-2008, 2010), three Grand Slams (2005, 2008 and 2010) and a 3-0 British and Irish Lions scalp (2005).

The Tigers nine crowns (1988, 1995, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2007, 2009 and 2010) and two Heineken Cups (2001 and 2002) give their claim to be the most successful club in the English club landscape credence, and Henry could be tempted if his requirement was similar to his former assistant Wayne Smith, who said “you want to coach the best”, applying this to Leicester’s roll of honour.

“I’ve always wanted to work under an experienced head coach and to learn,” Cockerill said.

Henry has said in the past he would consider work in Europe for perhaps “ten weeks a year”, and Cockerill is the first head coach in England to suggest an informal partnership.

“I’m sure he (Henry) will have a lot of offers and it depends if he is around in the northern hemisphere,” Cockerill added.