Belfast Telegraph

Monday 28 July 2014

Henry - England's not for me

Graham Henry

New Zealand's World Cup-winning coach Graham Henry has ruled out the possibility of working with England and declared: "It is time to move on."

Henry, who admitted he was surprised Martin Johnson had stood down as England manager, confirmed he has "no desire to coach a team" after 140 Tests in charge of Wales, the Lions and the All Blacks.

The Rugby Football Union are in the process of working out their succession plans, with one possibility being that Stuart Lancaster will take charge on a caretaker basis for the RBS 6 Nations Championship.

Henry wants to keep his hand in the sport but he is looking for an advisory role with a Heineken Cup team and does not see himself involved in Test rugby again.

"I am contracted to the New Zealand Rugby Union until the end of March. I have no desire to coach a team," Henry said. "I have done 140 Tests and that is probably enough. I have been very privileged. I just think it is time to move on (from Test rugby).

"You never say never but my desire is to live in New Zealand predominantly.

"If there is someone who wants me in this part of the world as an advisor, perhaps a Heineken Cup team, I would be interested in looking at that.

"That interests me and I like what I see in that competition. There is a lot of passion about that competition and a lot of good footie played and some interesting places to go to and some good rugby teams.

"That is not for this particular season but maybe if the occasion arose it could happen next year."

When asked what he would say if the RFU asked him to name his price, Henry added: "I have got enough problems. I need some recovery time."

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