Graham Henry rules himself out of England coaching role

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Graham Henry rules himself out of England job

World Cup-winning coach Graham Henry has ruled himself out of taking charge of England.

The 65-year-old, who stood down after leading New Zealand to World Cup glory last month, was widely tipped to replace Martin Johnson following his resignation.

Asked whether he could see himself taking over Johnson's post in the near future Henry said: "No.

"I'm contracted to New Zealand until 31 March and I just want to move on."

Henry, however, added that he would be interested in a consultant's role with a side in European competition.

"I've been involved in a large number of Test matches - 142 - and if somebody wants me in this part of the world, I'd like perhaps to have an advisory role at a Heineken Cup team," he commented.

"But I want to live in New Zealand, my family's there and this is a different stage of my life that I want to enjoy."

Henry made it clear that in the longer term he will be staying largely in New Zealand, making any contract with a club or union impossible.

Cardiff Blues have dismissed claims they would approach Henry, although reports suggest the Rugby Football Union could offer him a consultancy role with England.

Henry is in London this week with All Blacks assistant coach Steve Hansen to prepare the Barbarians for their match against Australia at Twickenham on Saturday.

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