Friday, December 07, 2007

Henry is In!

In an astonishing break with post World Cup bloodlettings, Graham Henry is the "new" AB coach! Press Conference at 1pm.

Mike Eage on the AB website:

“At the end of the process, the Board concluded that Graham Henry was the best candidate for the position,” he said. “We are all disappointed not to have won the Rugby World Cup. In that regard, the NZRU Board accepts it was jointly responsible and accountable for the result and the planning that went into the campaign. We are committed to learning the key lessons, which will be explored in the independent review announced earlier this week led by Mike Heron and high performance expert Don Tricker.” Mr Eagle said the appointment decision was based on Graham’s remarkable results over a four-year tenure. “Graham’s record, both on and off the field, is among the best in All Blacks rugby history. He has set a very high standard in coaching, player management, and integration with the wider New Zealand rugby community. He has given a lot in a successful period for our game and the Board is convinced he has more to give the All Blacks and New Zealand rugby. “As a result, we believe that in the best interests of New Zealand rugby, Graham and his team were the right choice.”

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