Sir Graham Henry is a New Zealand rugby union coach, and former head coach of the country’s national team, the All Blacks. He played Rugby Union for Canterbury and cricket for Canterbury and Otago in the Plunket Shield. Henry was heavily criticised following the All Blacks quarterfinal exit at the 2007 Rugby World Cup and was controversially reappointed.
He was vindicated, however, when the All Blacks won the 2011 Rugby World Cup final. and is one of the most successful coaches to have ever coached the All Blacks. On 1 November 2011, Henry announced he would be stepping down as All Blacks coach of 140 matches in a career that included a series victory over the tour British and Irish Lions in 2005, five Tri Nations, three Grand Slams and one Rugby World Cup title.
In 2012, Graham Henry joined Argentina as an advisor for the backroom coaching staff and acted as an assistant coach to the Argentine Team. In 2013, he re-committed to Argentina for the 2013 Rugby Championship. On 1 November 2011, Henry announced he would step down as coach, finishing his All Blacks career as one of the most successful rugby coaches of all time: he coached the All Blacks to 88 wins in 103 tests for a winning percentage of 85.4 percent.
In February 2012, he took a two-year part-time position with the NZRU as a mentor for the country’s Super Rugby and ITM Cup coaches.In April 2012, Henry began serving for one year in a similar role with the Argentine Rugby Union (UAR), primarily as a mentor to that country’s high-level coaches and also as an assistant with the national team.
His NZRU contract prohibits him from being part of the Puma‘s coaching staff for their matches against New Zealand during the 2012 Rugby Championship, but the NZRU has given him there blessing to work with the UAR at other times. Graham Henry is considered to be one of the most successful rugby coaches of all time, as well as being a brilliant motivational speaker.
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