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07 September 2012 by The Swede Eaters
 

Should Sir Graham Henry be allowed to help Argentina when he only just finished coaching the All Blacks?


The All Blacks host Argentina on Saturday night in Wellington, but it will be interesting seeing the coach who masterminded so many great victories for the All Blacks culminating in the Rugby World Cup 2011 victory, sitting in the opposition's coaching box. Do you think that Sir Graham Henry should be allowed to be an advisor for the Pumas?

I personally have a problem with it happening so soon after he finished coaching the All Blacks last year. He has too much intellectual property to be allowed to go and team up with the opposition. In many jobs not just in rugby there is a stand down period of so many years before you can setup or help a rival organisation using intellectual ideas etc. from your previous job. Hence with my job working for a magazine this would stop setting up a rival for a set number of years. I also think that it isn't so bad if he doesn't give anything away about the All Blacks game plans and strategies, but it is a fine line to draw and I think it is too difficult to justify for Henry.

Most people don't have a problem with his role helping Argentina citing that it is a professional era and he can do what he wants since he is no longer with the All Blacks.

I don't have a problem with wanting to grow the game, but I wonder if his role will have much of an effect on the Pumas? If Argentina defy the odds and actually beat the All Blacks, I wonder if people will still be so forgiving?

It is interesting how most people seem to be fine with this, yet if he was to show up in the Springboks or Wallabies coaching box as an adviser then that would be unacceptable.

As far as I can tell, his role is more focussing on fine tuning the way that Argentina play rather than giving away a blueprint of how to beat the All Blacks. I do think that there is a very fine line between the two of these and it would be better if he stood down for a set period of time before being able to jump ship and help other opposition teams.

Another thought here is that this could actually benefit the All Blacks by bringing Argentina up to a level where they can beat the All Black's major rivals like the Springboks and Wallabies, although if they beat the All Blacks it would be a different story.

Coaches from other countries have helped assist other teams for years. The most well known is probably rugby league legend Wayne Bennett. He helped mastermind a Kiwis victory in the Rugby League World Cup of 2008, but while there was plenty of outcry in Australia which New Zealanders ignored, there was about three years from the time he finished coaching the Australian Rugby League team (Kangaroos) in 2005 until he jumped ship in 2008.

Jake White has done it too, jumping ship from South African rugby coach in 2007 but while he helps out the Wallabies now, it is several years later.

In summary,

While it is the professional era and it is great to grow the game of rugby in more developing countries, I would feel far better about Sir Graham Henry helping the Argentinan Pumas Rugby team out if he had a two - four year stand down period. While I think his role of advisor is probably not giving away the blueprint on how to beat the All Blacks, it still gives a bad impression and could introduce a conflict of interest into the situation. Coaches have to go where the money is in this professional era, but I think there needs to be a line drawn in the sand when coaches who have coached the national team of one country end up joining the coaching or advisory role with one of the their opponents.
At the very least I hope they developed some ground rules for his role with Argentina that he is obliged to adhere to.

What do you think? Should Sir Graham Henry be allowed to be an advisor to the Argentinan Pumas rugby team facing the All Blacks in Wellington tomorrow? Or does he know too much?

http://www.superrugbytips.com/2012/09/should-sir-graham-henry-be-allowed-to.html

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7 . nikakaka 13 Sep 2012 09:06 PM
Argentina need to learn how to play at the level the tri-nations have been playing at for donkey's years. They need to learn composure to compete effectively as they have the skill. Pehaps Henry's influence can help them get there. More skilled rugby = better rugby for all.

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6 . nikakaka 13 Sep 2012 09:06 PM
Argentina need to learn how to play at the level the tri-nations have been playing at for donkey's years. They need to learn composure to compete effectively as they have the skill. Pehaps Henry's influence can help them get there. More skilled rugby = better rugby for all.

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5 . 5de Span 12 Sep 2012 10:47 PM
"While I think his role of advisor is probably not giving away the blueprint on how to beat the All Blacks..."

Rugby isn't that simple - there's no such thing as a blueprint on how to beat a team. Playing well on the day, any team can beat any other team. Rugby is about courage and the desire to win - you can't coach that.

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4 . Phar Laps Pavlova 11 Sep 2012 12:16 AM
14 of the 15 run on players for Pumas play in France n the other in UK. How Henry doesnt have a restraint of trade from the NZRFU who are also hiring him to be a Blues coach on their payroll in 2013. Hes a smug cunt like Quade

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3 . The Crow 10 Sep 2012 01:57 PM
He should coach the Pumas. The more teams that are playing at a good standard the better.

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2 . coopz 08 Sep 2012 06:44 PM
He's free to help whome ever he wants all good with me

1 . KingDong 07 Sep 2012 08:43 PM
No drama with it. Good for Rugby in Argentina.

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