Rugby Coaching Profile: Graham Henry


Born: 8 June 1946
Teams Coached: All Blacks, Auckland NPC, Auckland Blues, Wales and Lions
Current Job: All Blacks Head Coach

His first major role was coaching the Auckland NPC team from 1992 to 1997. During that time Auckland won the NPC 4 times in a row. He then went on to coach the Auckland Blues Super rugby team, winning the title two years in a row in 96 and 97.

In 1998, Henry, passed over as All Black coach, headed over seas, appointed head coach of Wales. At the time he was considered the highest paid rugby coach in the world, earning a reputed £250,000. Henry was very successful coaching Wales, helping the team to eleven consecutive victories. He was then appointed the head coach of the British lions rugby team for their tour to Australia. The tour was unsuccessful.

All Blacks Coach

Henry’s career as an All black coach has been colorful to say the least. Highlights include several Tri Nations victories. A Grand Slam tour of Britain victory. But most notably his failure at the 2007 Rugby World Cup, where the All Blacks were knocked out in the Quarter Finals, their worst performance in the history of the tournament.

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