2011 07/11
Graham Henry quits as All Blacks coach

Victorious New Zealand coach Graham Henry has announced he is standing down as boss following a successful World Cup campaign, reports.

Under Henry's leadership, the All Blacks won the tournament after almost a quarter of a century of disappointing campaigns, despite being favourites for many of them. During his eight year tenure, Henry's All Blacks won a staggering 85.4 per cent of games, emerging victorious in 88 of the 103 they played.

The success he will be most remembered for, however, is winning the World Cup. In doing so, Henry ended a 24 year run of underwhelming performances, on home soil, where the Rugby World Cup first began in 1987.

Known just as well for his sombre attire as his coaching strategies, Henry attended every match looking as though he was at a funeral. In keeping with the All Black culture, Henry's designer menswear invariably included a black suit, white shirt and black tie.

Speaking after announcing his decision, Henry told BBC Sport: "I've had enough, it's been an enormous privilege to coach the All Blacks and I am exceptionally proud of how the team has added to the legacy.

"I am exceptionally proud of how the players have developed an extremely professional and enjoyable culture and environment, and how they have reached out to people of all ages and put a smile on their faces, both here in New Zealand and overseas."

Henry's future is still uncertain and he's keeping tight lipped, although rumours linking him to a similar role at England, or even making a return to Wales to coach Cardiff Blues, have been circulating.

After such a successful international career, however, a return to club rugby looks unlikely, especially given the demand would out-price him to many regional teams.

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