Graham Henry to mentor New Zealand's coaching talent

Graham Henry
Henry guided the All Blacks to 88 wins in 103 Tests

World Cup-winning coach Graham Henry has signed a part-time contract with the New Zealand Rugby Union (NZRU) to help develop coaches.

Henry had been interested in working for the English Rugby Football Union.

He said: "New Zealand has an outstanding crop of up-and-coming international coaches and if I can play a small part in helping them develop then I will."

NZRU chief executive Steve Tew said: "His insights will be invaluable."

Henry coached New Zealand for eight years and stood down after winning the World Cup in October, having guided the All Blacks to 88 wins in 103 Tests.

The former Wales and Lions boss had also been keen on working as a part-time consultant for a European club in the Heineken Cup.

The 65-year-old, whose deal with the NZRU will run until 2013, added: "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."

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