Graham Henry struck gold in his first Test as All Blacks coach beating the then Rugby World Cup champions England at Dunedin in June 2004. He went on to win his first six Test matches and kept the Bledisloe Cup in New Zealand’s trophy cabinet before two defeats against Australia and South Africa away from home.
He then took his charges on the end-of-year tour to Europe where they beat Italy, Wales, France and the Barbarians.
Henry had a full plate in 2005 with a clean sweep of the DHL NZ Lions Series in June/July before claiming the Phillips Tri Nations trophy. The 2005 All Blacks rugby calendar ended with a UK tour where they defeated England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales, capturing the ‘Grand Slam’ that was last accomplished by the All Blacks in 1978. In 2006 and 2007, Henry’s All Blacks defended the Bledisloe Cup against Australia and the Tri Nations title and dominated Northern Hemisphere teams on the 2006 end-of-year tour. Under Henry, the All Blacks’ have suffered one major disappointment however; a quarter-final defeat at the 2007 Rugby World Cup.
Henry first made an impression as a coach with Auckland, where he won the Air New Zealand NPC four times between 1992 and 1997. He then coached the Blues to Rebel Sport Super 12 titles in 1996 and 1997 and made the final again the following year.
He made his international coaching debut in 1998 with Wales, where he stayed for four years. His major achievements in that role included wins over England and South Africa. In 2001, he became the first non-British or Irishman to coach the Lions on their tour of Australia. He returned to Auckland as a technical adviser during 2002 and 2003.
• Auckland 1992 – 1997
- Won the Air New Zealand NPC 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996
- Won the Ranfurly Shield 1995, 1996
- Won Super 12 1996, 1997
- Made the Super 12 final 1998
• Wales 1998 – 2002
- Beat England at Wembley
- Beat South Africa at Cardiff
- Qualified for the quarter-finals at the 1999 Rugby World Cup
• British & Irish Lions
- First non-British or Irishman to coach the team
- Won the first Test in Brisbane
• Technical Adviser Auckland 2002 – 2003
- Won the Air New Zealand NPC 2002, 2003
- Won the Ranfurly Shield 2003
• Technical Adviser Blues 2003
- Won Super 12 2003
Representative Sporting Career
- Canterbury 1965 – 1966
- Otago 1967 – 1968