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Henry interested in RFU role

New Zealand's World Cup-winning coach Graham Henry would be interested in working with the Rugby Football Union in a development role.

Henry would not be in contention to replace coach Martin Johnson if he was to leave his post but could work within the RFU in a backroom capacity. Rob Andrew currently occupies the role of Professional Rugby Director but, like Johnson, finds his future the subject of speculation.

Former Wales coach Henry told the Daily Telegraph: "Yes, I would talk to the RFU, sure. I couldn't just not do anything. I would love to help other people."

He added: "I'm particularly proud about the environment created in this All Blacks team. I would love to work in coach development, player development, environmental development, cultural development of a group of people. I'm passionate about that."

As for knee-jerk sackings of high-profile coaches, Henry added: "Too many people with real ability get shot because of a result.

"Replacing a coach because of a result or because of public pressure or media pressure is not the right thing to do. Replacing a coach because he's not good enough is the right thing to do.

"Look at all the successful coaches around the world. They've got longevity. Look at Sir Alex Ferguson, longevity."

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