Second Chance for Henry
Graham Henry has been reappointed as the All Blacks’ head coach, despite widespread criticism of his 2007 Rugby World Cup campaign. Henry, who has vowed to learn from his World Cup mistakes, has signed a two-year contract with the NZ Rugby Union. “Graham’s record is among the best in All Blacks rugby history,” said Mike Eagle, acting chairman of the NZRU. “…He has given a lot in a successful period for our game and the board is convinced he has more to give the All Blacks and New Zealand rugby.” Henry’s closest rival for the top job, Canterbury Crusaders coach Robbie Deans, has been named the first foreign coach of the Australian Wallabies. Deans expressed his interest in the Wallabies job after missing out on the All Blacks position, despite being the favourite to succeed Henry.