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