Henry accepts mentor role

World Cup winner to help develop next generation of coaches

Last Updated: 09/02/12 8:37am

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Graham Henry: Will mentor the next generation of New Zealand coaches

Graham Henry: Will mentor the next generation of New Zealand coaches

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World Cup winning All Blacks coach Graham Henry has agreed a part-time role with the New Zealand Rugby Union (NZRU) to mentor the nation's up and coming coaches.

Henry was in charge of the All Blacks for eight years and stepped down from his post after leading the side to World Cup glory on home soil last October.

He was subsequently linked with several other coaching jobs, including the England position, but has now confirmed he will focus his attention on developing the next generation of New Zealand coaches.

"New Zealand has an outstanding crop of up and coming international coaches and if I can play a small part in helping them develop then I will," he stated.

"Even going back to my time as a teacher and headmaster, I have been keen to help people grow and develop their skills and to now move into a position of mentoring our leading coaches is something I'm really looking forward to."

Henry's deal with the the NZRU runs until 2013 and chief executive Steve Tew added: "His insights will be invaluable for our high performance coaches."

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