GRAHAM HENRY has not ruled out coaching past this year's Rugby World Cup, saying he will make a decision on his future in November.
The 65-year-old's future has been the subject of much debate in recent times, with two theories doing the rounds at the moment.
One is that he will stay on in the the top job if the All Blacks win rugby's showpiece event. The other is he will step aside and allow assistant Steve Hansen to have a crack.
Addressing media today, Henry said he would make a decision after the RWC.
"What I have made a decision on is to be totally focussed on the Rugby World Cup and then in November to give some thought to the future.
"One thing is, I'm not too old, I'm just late middle-aged. They just given me the pension now," he chuckled.
Of course, those plans could change if the All Blacks fail to end their 24-year drought at rugby's big jamboree.
Should that happen, he is unlikely to keep his job.
However, Henry argued otherwise.
"No, not in my humble opinion. But I'm sure in other people's it's very big," he said when asked if his coaching future depended on World Cup results.
Meanwhile, Henry confirmed that the Tri Nations squad will be named on July 10.
The ITM Cup would be used to get some of the injured players like Israel Dagg, Isaia Toeava, Colin Slade and Tony Woodcock back into match fitness and form. Richie McCaw could also find some time there given his layoffs with his ongoing foot problem.
The RWC squad will be named on August 23 in Brisbane as the All Blacks prepare for their final Tri-Naitons test against Australia.
New Zealand had tried to avoid that distraction and postpone their team announcement but this had proved unsuccessful.« Back to Archives
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