Heads must roll if All Blacks lose, say readers

By Jacqueline Smith

All coaches, as well as the chief executive of the All Blacks, should be dropped if the team loses to Australia tonight, according to a large chunk of Herald readers.

An online poll asked readers what they would like to see happen if the Wallabies take the prize.

The survey presented voters with options of sacking All Black coach Graham Henry, his assistants Steve Hansen and Wayne Smith and even New Zealand Rugby Union chief executive Steve Tew.

Almost half the respondents (43 per cent) voted "all of them should go".

A total of 6729 votes had been counted by 5pm yesterday afternoon and 27 per cent believed nothing should happen if the All Blacks lost.

Of the remaining votes, 19 per cent believed Henry, Hansen and Smith should go, 6 per cent thought Henry should go and 5 per cent thought Tew should go. Readers responding to the "your views" online section also predicted an end to the Henry era but were not united on whether or not Hansen was the man for the job.

Michael Scott from America said it was time to get rid of Henry and his panel as as they had ruined New Zealand rugby.

"Rugby players were hard and fit because they played and were not pulled out [because] of injuries. Bring back the tours," he said.

Sus Pilote from Wellington agreed Henry's "time was over long ago" but said All Blacks also needed to work on their ball skills.

- NZ Herald

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