Sir Graham Henry receives his knighthood
May 3, 2012
World Cup winning coach Sir Graham Henry has received his knighthood in a ceremony in Wellington on Thursday.
Henry guided the All Blacks to victory in the World Cup last year and received the honour at Government House from Sir Jerry Mateparae. Henry's 96-year-old mother attended the ceremony and Henry went on to reveal that she could not watch their 8-7 victory over France.
The All Blacks are now in the early stages of their new era under Steve Hansen and will look to put down their mark in the newly coined Rugby Championship come August. For Henry, however, he will be in the unusual position of supporter rather than mastermind behind the charges on the field.
"I miss them," he said. "They have been good mates for a long time. That day on October 23 was immense but we got through it and we survived.
"It's (the knighthood) also a reward that I've accepted as part of a group of people, Richie and the boys, I have a huge amount of respect and pride for what they've achieved, for Steve and Wayne, fellow coaches, and the whole of the management team of the All Blacks."
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