Peter Bills: Ireland should run with All Blacks' new attacking philosophy
He knows better than anyone that he isn't out of the woods yet. Only the ultimate success every New Zealander has craved since 1987, winning the Rugby World Cup again, can transform Graham Henry from public enemy No 1 to national hero.
You see, there isn't a lot between triumph and disaster in New Zealand rugby terms. Never mind Rudyard Kipling's thoughts about treating both those emotions as twin imposters; New Zealanders don't see it that way at all.
Nevertheless, when the All Blacks coach warmly embraced his fellow coach Steve Hansen in full view of the television cameras at Auckland's Eden Park stadium a week-and-a-half back, so magnificent had their team's rugby been it was a revealing insight into the freeing up of Henry's mind.