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World Cup-winning coach Graham Henry to link up with Leinster as consultant this month

The man who brought the All Blacks to glory on home soil will pitch in with Leinster’s pre-season efforts.

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NEW ZEALAND’S WORLD Cup-winning coach Graham Henry will join Leinster as a consultant on a short-term contract from 30 July.

The Kiwi – who has also led the Lions, Wales, assisted Argentina as they bedded into the Rugby Championship and more recently consulted for the Warriors NRL side – will link up with the beaten Pro12 finalists at the end of this month and remain for ‘a number of weeks’ before the new season kicks off.

“During his time with the team he will also be speaking with club and school coaches,” a statement adds.

Head coach Leo Cullen moved to offer his gratitude publicly to Leinster’s professional games board for the appointment.

“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,” says Cullen.

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.”

Speaking briefly about his new job in Dublin, Henry said:  ”It’s a privilege to be asked to assist Leo and his team at Leinster, a club with such a rich and proud history.”

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