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Henry To Assist Leinster As Coaching Consultant

Henry To Assist Leinster As Coaching Consultant

Leinster head coach Leo Cullen has confirmed that former Wales, British & Irish Lions and All Blacks head coach, Sir Graham Henry, will join the province on a short-term contract later this month.

Sir Graham Henry led his native New Zealand to their 2011 World Cup triumph and will join Leinster during the pre-season, linking up with the province from July 20.

He will remain with the province for a number of weeks before the start of the 2016/17 season. During his time with the senior squad, he will also be speaking with club and school coaches as part of a programme of events hosted by Bank of Ireland and BDO.

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Commenting on the appointment, Leo Cullen said: “This isn’t by any means a first for Leinster Rugby and I felt it was important for myself and the wider coaching and playing staff in Leinster to look at different ways of challenging ourselves.

“To that end, I am delighted that Graham has decided to work with us and I would like to publicly thank the Professional Games Board in Leinster for their support with this decision.

“Everyone in the organisation will benefit from his expertise and undoubtedly the coaches and the players will benefit from having a coach of his stature in and amongst us as we build towards the new season.”

Having led the Auckland Blues to two Super Rugby titles, Henry was appointed head coach of Wales in 1998 before leading the British & Irish Lions on their tour to Australia in 2001. He was appointed New Zealand head coach in 2004, taking the All Blacks to two World Cups culminating in their 2011 title success.

Speaking about the role, he said: “It’s a privilege to be asked to assist Leo and his team at Leinster, a side with such a rich and proud history.”