Henry: 'Maybe I'm just naive'

Wed, 08 Aug 2012 19:33
Large graham henry presser 630 Large graham henry posts 630 Large graham henry 630

Graham Henry has admitted he was 'naive' in his claims of match-fixing in the All Blacks' 2007 World Cup quarterfinal loss.

Graham Henry has admitted he was 'naive' in his claims of match-fixing in the All Blacks' 2007 World Cup quarterfinal loss.

The 2011 World Cup-winning New Zealand coach has spoken out for the first time since causing an uproar with his match-fixing claims.

Speaking at a tribute dinner Henry admitted it had been a controversial call to include his suspicions of match-fixing in his new autobiography but said he needed to tell the truth.

"You write these books and you can say, 'Well, let's not say that, let's fob that, let's not get too much into that.' But I think if you write an autobiography, it needs to be honest, it needs to be real, it needs to be what you think,” said Henry.

"Maybe I'm naive, but this book is about that - it's about being black and white, totally honest and my thoughts are in that book, and there's no fobbing on those."

Henry said analysing the shocking upset against France left him "physically ill." "I spewed in the toilets ... I was just bloody amazed," he said.

"It was completely outside anything I had experienced before. And I just thought you know, match-fixing, sports betting - and that's what I put in the book, and it's caused a huge bloody furore."

Henry added that he mentioned his "gut feeling" to the New Zealand Rugby Union, who advised him not to pursue the matter with the International Rugby Board.

"Their advice was right. Otherwise if I'd pushed the point at that time, I would never have coached the All Blacks again,” he said.

"To coach the All Blacks again was a surprise to me."

There are currently no matches being played
Sun, 23 October 2016
Montpellier v Leinster 13h00 Altrad Stadium
Toulouse v Wasps 15h15 Le Mans
Zebre v Connacht 15h15 Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi
Leicester Tigers v Racing Metro 16h30 Welford Road
Fri, 28 October 2016
Ulster v Munster 18h05 Kingspan Stadium
Glasgow Warriors v Treviso 18h35 Scotstoun Stadium
Cardiff Blues v Scarlets 18h35 BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park
Edinburgh v Zebre 18h35 BT Murrayfield
Northampton Saints v Gloucester 18h45 Franklin's Gardens
Sat, 29 October 2016
Ospreys v Dragons 14h00 Liberty Stadium
Saracens v Leicester Tigers 14h00 Allianz Park
Harlequins v Worcester Warriors 14h00 Twickenham Stoop
Leinster v Connacht 16h15 RDS Arena
Pool A
Team P W D L Pts
Australia 4 4 0 0 17
Wales 4 3 0 1 13
England 4 2 0 2 11
Fiji 4 1 0 3 5
Uruguay 4 0 0 4 0
Pool B
Team P W D L Pts
South Africa 4 3 0 1 16
Scotland 4 3 0 1 14
Japan 4 3 0 1 12
Samoa 4 1 0 3 6
United States 4 0 0 4 0
Pool C
Team P W D L Pts
New Zealand 4 4 0 0 19
Argentina 4 3 0 1 15
Georgia 4 2 0 2 8
Tonga 4 1 0 3 6
Namibia 4 0 0 4 1
Pool D
Team P W D L Pts
Ireland 4 4 0 0 18
France 4 3 0 1 14
Italy 4 2 0 2 10
Romania 4 1 0 3 4
Canada 4 0 0 4 2