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Graham Henry switches codes to work with New Zealand Warriors

Published 10/05/2016

Graham Henry will be working in rugby league for the next month
Graham Henry will be working in rugby league for the next month

World Cup-winning coach Graham Henry is switching codes by linking up with NRL club New Zealand Warriors.

Henry, 69, who guided the All Blacks to victory in the 2011 World Cup and also coached Wales and the British and Irish Lions, will be working with the Warriors for the next month alongside head coach Andrew McFadden.

"I've had an association with Cappy on a social level for quite a while now," said Henry, who arrived at the club on Monday. "I've got a lot of time for him as a coach and I also really enjoy his company.

"We've had some healthy discussions about coaching previously and I'm thrilled to have the chance to be able to work with him, to observe the organisation and to provide some feedback."

The Warriors are currently 11th in the NRL with four wins from their opening nine matches.

McFadden said Henry's arrival was the result of discussions he had had with managing director Jim Doyle last year about engaging a mentor.

"I've always been open to the idea of having extra support to help me to develop and improve," McFadden told the club's website.

"Jim and I have considered a number of options but it was important to take time to find the person who best fitted the position and was available to help.

"In the end we were really fortunate to be able to secure Sir Graham's services. It's a real privilege to have him involved and I know it's going to be hugely beneficial not only for me personally but for the squad as a whole."

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