Henry joins Blues coaching team
August 22, 2012
Sir Graham Henry will return to Super Rugby with the Blues © Getty Images
Blues boss John Kirwan has confirmed that Rugby World Cup-winning All Blacks coach Sir Graham Henry has joined his staff for next year's Super Rugby season.
Kirwan - the former New Zealand wing and Japan coach - took the reins at the struggling franchise following a poor 2012 season under Pat Lam and has wasted no time in confirming an experienced backroom team.
Henry, who has been serving as an advisor to the Argentina national team in recent months, will serve as technical advisor and look after the team's attack, while Mick Byrne will take care of the forwards and kicking.
Grant Doorey has been appointed backline/skills coach, with Kirwan himself running an eye over attack.
Henry confirmed that he will have no problem taking a backseat to Kirwan, insisting that he's been in the position previously.
"It will be very easy for me, I've done it before, I've done three campaigns with Wayne Pivac and Peter Sloane back in 2002 and 2003 so I've got a similar role," he told ONE News.
"I'm a pretty relaxed fellow these days and I think I'll fit in OK. Obviously there'll be some good discussions I'm sure over the season about what we're doing and how we can do it better and we'll all have ideas on that. All of these guys have coached international rugby and been around for some time."
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