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New Zealand's World Cup winning coach Graham Henry talks about his book 'Final Word'

Last Updated: 15/01/13 11:54am

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The Final Word" tells the highs and lows of Graham Henry's illustrious coaching career.

It details the lows of the 2007 Rugby World Cup to the highs of the victory at Eden Park in October 2011 when the All Blacks restored the glory days of New Zealand Rugby and invigorated the spirit of an entire nation.

Sporting Chapters caught up with Sir Graham where he spoke about:

Early career - How as a teacher he started coaching at Auckland Grammar School and Kelston Boys' High School before his first major coaching role at Auckland. During his time there they won National Provincial Championship four years in a row and he also coached the Auckland Blues to two Super 12 titles.

The Great Redeemer - in 1998 Henry became the highest paid rugby coach in the world when he took over the Wales job from caretaker Dennis John. Under his tutelage Wales won 11 games in a row which led him to be considered for the British and Irish Lions job for their Australian tour in 2001.

Lions - Henry admits the mistakes he made on the tour that saw him come under fire from both players in the squad and from the press.

World Cup 2007 - Henry was held accountable for New Zealand's disastrous 2007 World Cup campaign where they lost to France in the quarter-finals. Henry admits that he thought his time was up when he had to reapply for the job as the New Zealand Rugby Union had never reappointed a losing World Cup coach.

World Cup winners - In partnership with Wayne Smith and Steve Hansen, Henry would go on to rebuild the All Blacks as the best team in the world

For all this, plus more, make sure you click on the video above to watch the latest edition of Sporting Chapters - 'Final Word' with Graham Henry.

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