Sunday 8 December 2019

Leinster to recruit World Cup winning coach Graham Henry as a consultant - report

Graham Henry led New Zealand to World Cup glory in 2011
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Leinster coach Leo Cullen is set to bring 2011 Rugby World Cup winning head coach Graham Henry into his backroom team as a coaching consultant, according to reports.

The Kiwi will join the province for a two-week period in August, the Irish Times reports,  to impart his knowledge to Cullen and his coaching ticket of Girvan Dempsey, John Fogarty and Kurt McQuilkin.

It is understood that Henry will not take on an assistant role at the province.

After two trophy-less seasons, Leo Cullen in believed to have instigated the idea and although the IRFU are not involved, they have been made aware of the move.

IRFU performance director David Nucifora has suggested in the past that if Leo Cullen wanted to add experience to his backroom staff, they would lend their assistance.

"Leo looks like he stands out because of his inexperience but we've worked with Leinster in putting Leo into the position, he's there now and we think he's going to be a really valuable resource as a coach for years to come," Nucifora said last month.

"If Leo requires any assistance over time he knows he's only got to ask and we'll help.

"He's doing a good job. It's not easy coming into a head coaching position with such little experience because he is learning on the go and that can be tricky.

"He is developing. Does he need help along the way? Possibly, but that's up to Leinster and Leo to ask for that if they think that's required.

"We try to leave the provinces to make their own decisions wherever possible. We can advise and discuss and debate with them about what we think would be the best, but ultimately they make their own decisions."

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