Sir Graham Henry

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Sir Graham Henry is arguably one of the most recognised and respected coaches in the rugby world having struck gold in his first test as All Blacks coach beating the reigning Rugby World Champions, England, in Dunedin in June 2004.

His enviable coaching record continued in 2005 where the All Blacks won 11 of their 12 Test matches. He carried on to coach the All Blacks to glory in the 2011 Rugby World Cup, at home in New Zealand and was awarded Coach of the Year at the IRB awards (having receiving this award for a record 5th time).

Prior to this, and for much of his life, rugby coaching was secondary to Graham's school teaching career. His time at Auckland Grammar, where he nurtured players like Grant Fox, was followed by the headmaster's job at Kelston, from 1987 - 1996. Graham himself played Senior Rugby and Cricket in Christchurch, Dunedin and Auckland, and First Class Cricket for Canterbury and Otago.

Although he has stepped down from his head coaching role, Graham remains in New Zealand and continues to share his extensive skills and knowledge with local rugby coaches and players. He has also taken on many new roles and responsibilities in both the sporting and business arena.

Graham’s speaking topics include the high performance environment, team culture, motivation, team development and his own experiences. His presentations are readily applicable to the business environment, as well as the sporting arena.