Henry interested in RFU position
October 27, 2011
Could RWC winning coach Graham Henry be in line for a role at the RFU? © Getty Images
New Zealand's World Cup-winning coach Graham Henry has declared his interest in working with the Rugby Football Union in a development role.
While outgoing All Blacks boss Henry is basking in the glory of his side's triumph at Eden Park last weekend, his England counterpart Martin Johnson finds his role under scrutiny following an ignominious quarter-final exit at the hands of France.
Henry would not be in contention to replace Johnson but could work within the RFU in a backroom capacity. Rob Andrew currently occupies the role of Professional Rugby Director but, like Johnson, finds his future the subject of speculation.
Former Wales coach Henry told the Daily Telegraph: "Yes, I would talk to the RFU, sure. 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."
As for knee-jerk sackings of high-profile coaches, Henry added: "Too many people with real ability get shot because of a result. Replacing a coach because of a result or because of public pressure or media pressure is not the right thing to do. Replacing a coach because he's not good enough is the right thing to do.
"Look at all the successful coaches around the world. They've got longevity. Look at Sir Alex Ferguson, longevity."
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