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Sir Graham Henry World Cup winning All Black Coach


About Sir Graham Henry

Richie McCaw on Sir Graham Henry:
He is never happy where we are at. He always has somewhere to go, always looking to make improvements. He has watched a huge amount of rugby and is not afraid to trial ideas from other teams. That’s his huge strength. He sees the big picture, plans a whole campaign. He is motivated by a huge desire to see the All Blacks win every test and the World Cup.


  • Born: 8 June, 1946, Christchurch
  • Former All Blacks Coach: 103 tests, 88 wins
  • IRB Coach of the Year: 2005, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2011

Coaching Career

1973-81: Auckland Grammar
1982-96: Kelston Boys
1987-91: Auckland U-21
1992-97: Auckland
1996-98: Blues (Super 12 champions ’96, ’97)
1998-02: Wales
2001: British and Irish Lions
2004-2011: All Blacks (Tri Nations Champions 2005-08, Bledisloe Champions 2003-2011, 3 Grand Slams, 2010 & RWC 2011 Champions)
2012: Made Knight Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to rugby
2015 – Retired fishing

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Language changes over time and one of the new buzz words in the All Blacks coaching set-up is ‘alignment’. Once upon a time if you had talked about alignment in rugby Dan Carter might have asked if you wanted him to stand flat or drop into the pocket. But in 2011 ‘alignment’ is about making sure the coaches, captain, leadership group and players are all headed in the same direction…

My most important lesson

People ask me what is the most important lesson I have learned as a coach. After a World Cup win, 143 test matches and 37 consecutive years in charge of a team, you would hope that I have an answer by now… I do.

Finding the Natural Weakness

People have been kind enough to say that the All Blacks scored a few tries at this World Cup through analysing and exploiting weaknesses. Maybe that is true but, so long as coaches realise that rugby is a simple game and don’t try to complicate things, we can all share in these successes.

Graham Henry - The Breakdown Trailer

The least number of breakdowns you can have the better you will play but its a big part of the game and you need the skills to play there. This video will take you through a range of skill activities, identifying individuals roles and responsibilities at the breakdown.

Live Stream - Graham Henry 16/11/11

Graham Henry’s live question and answer session with The Rugby Site members.

Graham Henry Coaching Q & A - Rosslyn Park RFC

Graham Henry in an exclusive coaches insight Q&A session at Rosslyn Park RFC. Involving some of the biggest names in world rugby, The Rugby Site offers high quality rugby coaching videos and online forums to a global rugby community. Get inside the game now at

England bravehearts must invade the enemy

Graham Henry explains how England must change their approach at the tackle if a generation of skillful backs is to prosper.

Team Care

Graham Henry says Stuart Lancaster needs to take the England players with him and a big stick approach will fail England must look no further ahead than Murrayfield.

Ireland and Wales need to play the mind game

Graham Henry believes Ireland and Wales have the world before them, but they must get smarter.

Ireland's front row holds the key to victory

Graham Henry believes that Ireland can overturn history in Paris.

The magic of match day was to make myself disappear

Graham Henry reveals the priorities of a coach in preparing his side ahead of a big match.

75% Dan is Still the Main Man

Graham Henry looks at Steve Hansen’s first squad as All Blacks manager and expects Sonny Bill Williams to start the first test against Ireland.

NZ, Oz and Boks must welcome Argentinians

Graham Henry looks forward to a month of international rugby and wonders what the solution is to the hot topic of player release.

Graham Henry on Being a World Class Coach

World Cup winning coach, Sir Graham Henry talks about the fundamentals of being a good coach, his love of the game and why he got involved with The Rugby Site

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Gatland will need good men as well as good players

Graham Henry examines the philosophy behind selecting a Lions squad and reckons there is more to it than just selecting the best 36 players

Why late is on time

Graham Henry talks about the midfield and the need for patience

Coming soon - Graham Henry 'Constant Improvement'

Graham Henry tackles the question, how do you constantly improve?

Coming soon: Graham Henry - Game plan and selection

In this course, Sir Graham takes you through developing a game plan based on your weaknesses and strengths, and analysing the opposition’s weaknesses. He also covers the importance of wise selection.