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Saturday 24 February 2018

Graham Henry quits All Blacks and contemplates his future

Graham Henry: stepping down as coach of the All Blacks. Photo: Getty Images
Graham Henry: stepping down as coach of the All Blacks. Photo: Getty Images reporters

ALL Black coach Graham Henry has stepped down as coach of New Zealand, just over a week after guiding New Zealand to a second World Cup triumph.

The 65-year-old told a news conference in Auckland that he had "had enough" after eight years in a job.

"It has been a privilege to be involved in the All Blacks," he told a news conference.

"I'm very proud of what they've done over the last eight years. They have certainly added to the legacy of All Blacks rugby."

Henry steered the All Blacks to 88 wins in 103 tests, clinched five Tri-Nations titles, beat the touring 2005 British and Irish Lions and completed grand slam tours in 2005, 2008 and 2010.

Henry, linked with a possible role in England, or a return to the Auckland Blues where he enjoyed great success before moving into test rugby, said he would be making no immediate announcement.

Taking over the team in 2004 after spells as Wales and British and Irish Lions coach, Henry inherited a side that had crashed out of the semi-finals of the 2003 World Cup..

The former secondary school headmaster nicknamed "Ted" set about building a team that swept all before them from 2005.

But while they were red-hot favourites to win the Webb Ellis Cup in 2007, they surprisingly exited at the quarter-final stage when they lost to France in Cardiff.

Success in Eden Park nine days ago though washed away that awful memory.

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