Rugby world cup 2011- Graham Henry’s task ahead

By Paul Thomas In Sport

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30th May, 2011
Perhaps it’s just as well Graham Henry has an upside-down smile, because right now he mustn’t know whether to laugh or cry. In 2007 he pulled 22 All Blacks out of the first half of Super 14 for “rest and reconditioning”, the theory being that come World Cup time they’d be as fresh as daisies and in the best physical shape of their careers. Sceptics suggested there was more value in the All Blacks being battle-hardened than racking up personal bests on the track and in the gym. Thus when they were knocked out in the quarter-finals, the mingled roars of “I told you so” startled ...

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