Rugby: Henry joins Blues coaching team

Sir Graham Henry. Photo / Richard Robinson
Sir Graham Henry. Photo / Richard Robinson

The Blues need fixing and new coach Sir John Kirwan has employed some heavy hitters to help him achieve that in the form of Sir Graham Henry, Mick Byrne and Grant Doorey to join his new coaching team.

The move was widely predicted but confirmed by the Blues this morning.

Kirwan will oversee attack, Henry will be technical advisor and defensive co-ordinator, Byrne will take care of the forwards and kicking and Doorey has been employed as skills and backline coach.

"I'm thrilled with this coaching team. The experience and individual expertise these three men offer is exciting for me as head coach, for the Blues and our supporters,'' Kirwan said.

"We've got a lot of work ahead of us but I believe the combination of this coaching group puts the Blues in good hands for 2013.''

The role is Henry's first in New Zealand after eight years as All Black head coach, culminating in victory at last year's Rugby World Cup.

Byrne is currently a skills coach with the All Blacks and Doorey has coached alongside Kirwan previously in Japan and Italy.

- APNZ

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