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Published: 09:59 | 1/7/16

Henry takes consultancy role with Leinster


Former All Blacks head coach Sir Graham Henry will join Leinster as a consultant on a short-term contract.

Henry lead the All Blacks to the 2011 World Cup and he has been brought in to provide advice to head coach Leo Cullen and his backroom team, including Girvan Dempsey, John Fogarty and Kurt McQuilkin.

He will join the province on July 30 and will spend several weeks working with the coaching staff ahead of the 2016-17 season, while he will also speak with club and school coaches.

"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," Cullen said.

"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.”

Henry won two Super Rugby titles while in charge of Auckland Blues and was appointed head coach of Wales in 1998 before leading the British & Irish Lions on their tour to Australia in 2001.

In 2004 he was appointed head coach of New Zealand and guided the All Blacks to two World Cups before stepping down after their 2011 victory.

"It's a privilege to be asked to assist Leo and his team at Leinster, a club with such a rich and proud history," Henry said.

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