World Cup - Henry interested in RFU role

Thu, 27 Oct 10:33:00 2011

New Zealand's rugby World Cup-winning coach Graham Henry would be interested in working with the Rugby Football Union in a development role.

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Henry would not be in contention to replace manager Martin Johnson if he was to leave his post but could work within the RFU in a backroom capacity. Rob Andrew currently occupies the role of Professional Rugby Director but, like Johnson, finds his future the subject of speculation.

Former Wales coach Henry told the Daily Telegraph: "Yes, I would talk to the RFU, sure. I couldn't just not do anything. I would love to help other people."

He added: "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."

As for knee-jerk sackings of high-profile coaches, Henry added: "Too many people with real ability get shot because of a result.

"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."

Henry said the pressure on England's 2003 World Cup-winning captain Johnson was ridiculous.

"Too many people with real ability get shot because of a result. Replacing a coach because of a result or because of public pressure or media pressure is not the right thing to do," he added.

"Replacing a coach because he's not good enough is the right thing to do."

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