New Release: Graham Henry: Final Word by Bob Howitt

The All Blacks’ triumphant coach Graham Henry may have retired,  but he’s got one team talk still to deliver — to rugby followers worldwide.

The success of his team would send a nation into raptures. After 24 years and five abortive World Cup campaigns, finally a coach had restored the All Blacks to the top of the rugby pedestal. He could now step down from coaching, relax and reflect on a remarkable coaching career.

But it wasn’t a career of endless success. While it started and finished in glory, along the way there were  moments of despair. At the lowest point in his career,  he almost gave it all away. An ill-fated Lions tour of  Australia, a sojourn with Wales that came horribly unstuck, a disastrous 2007 World Cup campaign … these were traumatic events that became part of the destiny of the man who now ranks as rugby’s most successful coach.

This book traces his less-than-impressive academic career, surprising considering he rose to become a headmaster; his achievements as a cricketer; the origins of his rugby coaching; and his partnership with Raewyn, who would become an international sporting coach herself.

Graham reveals the drastic measures he took to change the culture within the All Blacks and set them on the path to becoming world champions.

Written in collaboration with Bob Howitt, one of New Zealand’s most respected rugby writers.

‘It’s stimulating and challenging recalling the intricacies of your own mind, relevant to those great battles at the Rugby World Cups of 2007 and 2011, those games proving there is a very fine line between ecstasy and depression. It’s also a great pleasure and privilege to talk about the many outstanding young men who have represented the All Blacks during that time.’
— Sir Graham Henry

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Published by

Clayton Wehner

Clayton is the founder and managing director of Boomerang Books. In a past life, Clayton worked for 12 years as an intelligence officer in the Australian Army and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. He is a graduate of the Australian Defence Force Academy and the Royal Military College Duntroon and holds a BA (Hons) in Political Science and a Master of Management Studies (Human Resource Management) from the UNSW. He is also a trained Indonesian linguist and served with the United Nations in East Timor as an interpreter/translator.