Henry's fix claims 'no worry'

2012-07-30 10:31

Sydney - Graham Henry's receiving little support from a former colleague in match-fixing allegations about the 2007 Rugby World Cup quarter-final.

According to the website, Henry's claimed in his new book released this week that referee Wayne Barnes could've been involved in fixing in the shock loss to France in Cardiff.

Current All Blacks head coach and Henry's assistant at that World Cup Steve Hansen says it's not eating away at him.

"For me it's been gone. I am looking forward not backwards and it's all about the future. I've let it go and I've let it go quite a long time ago."

Hansen says there's plenty of positives at the moment to be worrying about what happened five years ago.


  • TravieGrif - 2012-07-30 10:35

    Henry is a great coach, but as grumpy as sin! Talk about carrying baggage around with you!

      nzbro.allblack - 2012-07-30 10:45

      Hanson is wise enough to know his career is still ahead of him and it would not be in his favour to say anything to jeopardise his own future. He does say " I've let it go quite a long time ago."" which is as close as he is daring to admit that it was a problem for him too. Sir Graham Henry is not grumpy at all, he is just stating his opinion at the time in 2007 and his biography is revealing it 5 years later. Its a significant historical chapter in his impeccable career that needed to be clarified for his own peace of mind and for us fans too. It confirms what we all believed then but have moved on like Henry was told to do by the NZRU in spite of the over whelming evidence of his suspicions. It was that video evidence that saved his job plus his record and players support.

      TravieGrif - 2012-07-30 11:03

      Don't get me wrong, I respect him as a massively savvy coach and his record speaks for himself, but he most certainly gives me the impression of being a bit of a grumpy old bugger. Hinting that there was match-fixing smacks of sour grapes, because that game was by no means the only game in history where the outcome was questionable because of referee influence, but as you say, moving on is the right thing to do. Again I say that the comment is not a slight because I believe he is one of the best coaches around...

      nzbro.allblack - 2012-07-30 11:16

      Claiming Sir GH has NO support from his former colleague is NOT an accurate statement at all. It is significant to note that S Hanson does NOT say he does NOT agree with Sir GH in fact THIS is what he DOES SAY" "For me it's been gone. I am looking forward not backwards and it's all about the future. I've let it go and I've let it go quite a long time ago." There is NO denial in Hanson's statement and I can assure you he was very much aware of the contents of Sir GH's biography long before it was released because it would be an automatic reaction for any journalist worth his salt to question everyone close to the event after the contents was released. Sir GH has the support of the entire AB fan base for standing up and saying what he thought at the time which is his right to do. It does not change the result but it does speak volumes of his character to keep quiet about it for so long in spite of the video evidence in his favour. Sir GH is not a man to make such bold statements without the evidence to support him and the IRB would be wise to take all the necessary precautions to prevent a repeat of and 2007 if they are at fault.

      cape.maori - 2012-07-30 11:29

      @NZbro - Agree with your sentiments! GH was precluded by his contractual obligations to speak out during his tenure and now it comes across as sour grapes! What is more significant is that GH does not suggest it as the SOLE REASON for the loss. GH admits that the AB's were not up to standard in that game. The point is, we cannot ignore the possibility of match fixing in rugby!

      nzbro.allblack - 2012-07-30 11:36

      A comment of this magnitude coming from a man of Sir GH calibre and record is perhaps just what the IRB needs to get their act together when it comes to "reffing" future matches. The IRB might be forced to look at better methods or tools to support the ref on the field to make accurate decisions. For too long now fans have been complaining about the ref and very little gets done about it. We all speculate on the effectiveness of the ref when looking at a match to be played whether the ref will determine the outcome in a fair manner for both teams.That should not be the case. Fans should never have to worry about the ref but rather their own team's performance on the day. How many of you already feel worried about a kiwi ref for chiefs /sharks game this Saturday? I know steve walsh is a good fair ref but many of you would not share that sentiment. Sir GH courage to say what should have been said years ago is the "shake of the tree" the IRB desperately needs for everybody to feel at ease. ;)

      mack.myburgh - 2012-07-30 12:14

      TravieGrif ,yip he is grumpy ,and it is baggage I suppose ........but its his life let him say what he feels needs saying.He is/was a servant to not just ALL BLACK rugby ,but to rugby as a whole !

      donavan.boshoff - 2012-07-30 13:27

      sir graham? come on now nzboy take it easy we can all admit he is a decent coach but pull your tongue out

  • claude.felbert - 2012-07-30 10:44

    I am not surprised that there is little support - it is a contentious subject and the authorities don't want to know. I don't know if it is true or false but there are a number of cases where it could be true and none have been publicly investigated.

  • david.haessig.31 - 2012-07-30 11:05

    The French team could say the same thing regarding the 2011 final! McCaw was allowed to do what ever he wanted in the Rucks and the ref' wouldn't use the wislte... Come-on don't be grumpy, it's just Sport.

  • victor.kotze - 2012-07-30 11:39

    Cricket confronted their ghosts head-on and continue to do so. Rugby Union probably have cheaters (Bryce Lawrence to name one), yet IRB is dead quit on the subject. Why?

  • victor.kotze - 2012-07-30 11:43

    Cricket confronted their ghosts head-on and continue to do so. Rugby Union probably have cheaters (Bryce Lawrence to name one), yet IRB is dead quit on the subject. Why? Surely a formal enquiry can only do good?

  • mack.myburgh - 2012-07-30 12:11

    The fact that this gentleman ,and Ive always regarded him just as that, speaks out about it is enough reason to investigate. I will die a Springbok fan and supporter ,but when Sir Henry speaks ,it pays to listen. Hansen's career is only starting off now and I fully agree with nzbro.allblack. Match fixing in rugby is much easier than in most sports. God forbid it takes hold.

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