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World Cup winning coach Graham Henry rules out future role with England

The 65-year-old says he no longer has any desire to coach an international side, but the Heineken Cup fascinates him.

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NEW ZEALAND’S WORLD Cup-winning coach Graham Henry says he has no interest in taking over from Martin Johnson in the England set-up, and that he was surprised the coach stepped down last week.

Henry feels that 140 Tests in charge of the All Blacks, the Lions and Wales was enough and that he has ‘no desire to coach a team.’ He did hint at a role with a Heineken Cup team in the future, however.

“I am contracted to New Zealand until the end of March. I have no desire to coach a team,” The Guardian reports Henry as saying. “I have done 140 Tests and that is probably enough. I have been very privileged. I just think it is time to move on [from Test rugby].

“You never say never but my desire is to live in New Zealand predominantly. If there is someone who wants me in this part of the world as an advisor, perhaps a Heineken Cup team, I would be interested in looking at that. That interests me and I like what I see in that competition.

“There is a lot of passion about that competition and some interesting places to go to and some good rugby teams. That is not for this particular season but maybe if the occasion arose it could happen next year.”

Harlequins coach Conor O’Shea ruled himself out of the running to replace Johnson on Monday.

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