Two Sirs at Blues: Kirwan and Henry
Wed, 22 Aug 2012 9:48a.m.
World Cup-winning coach Sir Graham Henry will be part of the Blues' staff for next year's Super Rugby season.
He will be one of new Blues' coach Sir John Kirwan's assistants, with his roles being technical adviser and defence specialist.
Henry stepped down from the All Blacks' job after last year's World Cup final victory over France and has been acting as adviser to Argentina in recent weeks.
Also part of Kirwan's team will be All Blacks' skills coach Mick Byrne and Australian Grant Doorey.
Byrne's emphasis will be on the forwards and on kicking, while Doorey - who has coached alongside Kirwan in Japan and Italy - will look at skills and the backline.
Kirwan, whose specialist area will be the attack, says he's excited by the experience and individual expertise of the personnel he will have around him.
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22/08/2012 7:06:48 p.m.
When asked to help out, why did Henry say no to Pat Lam but yes to John Kirwan? The answer could have something to do with the makeup of the Board of Rugby Auckland and who is mates with who.
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