All Blacks' coaching template the best - White

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New Zealand's method of using three international coaches, Graham Henry, Steve Hansen and Wayne Smith, had proven its worth and was one of the reasons New Zealand were leaders in world rugby.


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Winning Rugby World Cup coach in 2007 Jake White said in a column on alloutrugby.com that Henry, Hansen and Smith weren't just head coaches of three club sides – they were the best of the best.

"New Zealand headhunted three international coaches to sit in the box – Smith had been head coach of New Zealand, Hansen had coached Wales and Henry had coached Wales and the British & Irish Lions before heading up the All Blacks.

"Most coaches who get fired from a national post never come into the system again, but New Zealand went and got Wayne Smith to come back," he said.

The reason for doing that was with three head coaches working together they would know all the dynamics required in the job.

"They all had first-hand experience of the job and were sensitive to the outside factors that influence a head coach, like the media, sponsorship stakeholders and board members," he said.

"When the pressure is on in the coaches box, and decisions have to be made about substitutions and refereeing calls, a coaching staff needs experience to understand what's at stake so that they can get through that with the best outcome."

White said having an assistant who had been a high-level head coach was sometimes more beneficial than having an innovative, but inexperienced assistant.


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