Thursday, July 9, 2009

Henry reappointed All Blacks boss

Graham Henry
Henry took charge of New Zealand in 2004

Graham Henry has been reappointed as New Zealand coach until 2011.

Henry, has been handed a new contract along with his assistants Wayne Smith and Steven Hansen.

The 63-year-old former Wales coach first took charge of New Zealand in 2004 and has collected 57 wins in 66 Test matches.

During his time in charge, New Zealand have won the Tri-nations four times and reached the quarter-finals of the World Cup in 2007.

Following that disappointing defeat by France, Henry was forced to reapply for his job and was subsequently reappointed.

"Graham, Wayne and Steve are outstanding coaches," said NZRU chairman Jock Hobbs in announcing the deals.

"They have a formidable record and we hold them in very high regard. They are totally committed to New Zealand rugby and have become an important part of the wider organisation."

"It's an honour and a privilege to coach the All Blacks and the other coaches and I are delighted to be re-appointed," added Henry.

"The coaching staff, management team and players are incredibly proud of their record and we look forward to taking the team through to 2011."

The All Blacks have also won the Bledisloe Cup five successive times, swept the British and Irish Lions in 2005 and won grand slams in 2005 and 2008.

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