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Henry takes NZ development role

Graham Henry has signed a part-time contract with the New Zealand Rugby Union to help develop the next generation of coaches.

Henry, who coached the All Blacks for eight years, stood down after masterminding his country's Rugby World Cup triumph last October.

"New Zealand has an outstanding crop of up and coming international coaches and if I can play a small part in helping them develop then I will," said Henry, who guided the All Blacks to 88 wins in 103 Tests.

"Even going back to my time as a teacher and headmaster, I have been keen to help people grow and develop their skills and to now move into a position of mentoring our leading coaches is something I'm really looking forward to."

Henry's deal with the the NZRU runs until 2013 and NZRU chief executive Steve Tew said: "His insights will be invaluable for our high performance coaches."

The former Wales and Lions boss has previously expressed an interest in working as a part-time consultant for a European club in the Heineken Cup.


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