Graham Henry quits Argentina to focus on Blues
October 27, 2013
The way it was ... Graham Henry turns up for Argentina training © Getty Images
Days after the departure of coach Santiago Phelan, Graham Henry has said he has no plans to return to assist Argentina and that it was "very unlikely" he will coach internationally again.
While he will continue to coach the Blues, he told the Sunday Star Times his future was at the domestic level. "You never know. I would say it's very, very unlikely, but if I say I'll never get involved in international rugby again, and something happens and I do . . . but it's very unlikely."
Henry was criticised in the New Zealand media for helping Argentina with it being seen as disloyal to his home country. "That was never a concern for me," he said. "You're always going to get some of that. A lot of it was driven by some of the media." There was also unease that he introduced the Argentina squad to a lot of the techniques which brought him so much success with the All Blacks
He said the main reason behind his decision was the need to focus all his time and effort into one project and that he wanted to concentrate on his Super Rugby commitments.
"I didn't feel right. It's either I do it 100% or I don't do it at all," he said. "Doing it 70% is not the right thing to do. I'd never done that before. You can't do it in half measures. It didn't work for me."
© ESPN Sports Media Ltd
Download ESPN's new UK multisport app, a fresh and powerful new way to follow your favourite UK sports news, scores and video.
"If England flounder in the next World Cup the knives will be out - six-year contract or not." Tom Hamilton on the new contract for the England coaches
With the deadline for World Cup ticket applications now over, Tom May outlines his hopes, gripes and wishes for next year's global gathering
Floundering Leicester, exquisite Exeter and two old England players tearing up trees - it's the Monday Maul
The latest Week in Pictures takes in the Rugby Championship and all the domestic action from the northern hemisphere