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Rugby World Cup Winner Henry to Mentor Elite New Zealand Coaches

Graham Henry, who guided the All Blacks to Rugby World Cup victory last year, will help develop New Zealand’s next generation of elite coaches after being appointed to a new mentoring role.

Henry, 65, signed a part-time contract through 2013 to work with the country’s coaches at Super Rugby and national championship level, the Wellington-based New Zealand Rugby Union said today. He stepped down as All Blacks coach in November after eight years in the job.

“His insights will be invaluable for our high performance coaches,” NZRU Chief Executive Officer Steve Tew said in an e-mailed statement.

Henry coached New Zealand to 88 wins in 103 elite Test matches, an 85 percent success rate, and guided the All Blacks to their first World Cup triumph since 1987 in October. The former Auckland school headmaster had been linked with overseas coaching roles following the victory, though had signaled his intention to stay in New Zealand.

“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 said.

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