Friday 24 November 2017

English on Henry alert

World Cup-winning New Zealand boss Graham Henry has again hinted his time is over with the All Blacks and said he would be interested in working with England's Rugby Football Union (RFU), though not as coach.

Henry led New Zealand to World Cup glory on home turf in last Sunday's 8-7 final win over France and now looks set to stand down with his contract up.

England were beaten by France in the quarter-finals after a troubled campaign and their coach Martin Johnson is under pressure to resign.

"Yes, I would talk to the RFU, sure. I couldn't just not do anything. I would love to help other people," said 65-year-old Henry yesterday.

"I would love to work in coach development, player development, environmental development, cultural development of a group of people. I'm passionate about that."

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.

England and Leicester centre Manu Tuilagi will be out of action for the next six weeks after breaking a cheekbone.

Tuilagi returned to club action, after his World Cup involvement, in last Friday's 40-14 home victory over Gloucester and scored a try in an impressive performance before being substituted after colliding with Scott Lawson.

Irish Independent

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