Graham henry has finally ended days of speculation after stepping down from his role as New Zealand following the All Blacks World Cup win earlier this month.
Henry admitted after the narrow 8-7 victory over France in the final that he had “found inner peace” with the New Zealand public following calls for him to be removed from his job during his side’s disastrous World Cup campaign in 2007, and now the former Wales and British and Irish Lions head coach has confirmed what most had believes, that he would be stepping down after eight years and 103 test matches.
Henry singled out both Richie McCaw and former captain Tana Umaga for special praise during his resignation speech, while adding that he had simply “had enough” of the job of leading the team that free bets (http://www.bigfreebet.com) had backed for years to win the World Cup but failed to do so.
His family were also included in the list of thanks, before Henry added that he was “extremely proud” of his squad and that they have left a “special legacy” behind for future All Blacks to follow.
Henry had hinted earlier in the week that he would be tempted by a job offer with England, although it is unlikely to be in place of current head coach Martin Johnson, who finds his position under pressure following a poor World Cup showing, but instead working with young players in a development role.
Yes, I would talk to the RFU, sure,” Henry told the Daily Telegraph. I couldn't just not do anything. I would love to help other people.”
“I'm particularly proud about the environment created in this All Blacks team. I would love to work in coach development, player development, environmental development, cultural development of a group of people. I'm passionate about that.” he added.
Former South Africa head coach is amongst the free bet favourites to take over Henry’s job.