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Henry mentoring Warriors coach McFadden

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 10/05/2016

Rugby World Cup-winning coach Sir Graham Henry is acting as a mentor to Warriors NRL coach Andrew McFadden.

The Warriors say Henry will be a familiar sight at the Auckland club over the next month to provide support for the first-grade squad and the football department.

Henry says he has known McFadden on a social level for some time, has a lot of time for him as a coach and enjoys his company.

"We've had some healthy discussions about coaching previously and I'm thrilled to have the chance to be able to work with him, to observe the organisation and to provide some feedback," Henry said on the club's website.

McFadden said the arrival of Henry, who began his role this week, followed discussions with managing director Jim Doyle last year about engaging a mentor.

"I've always been open to the idea of having extra support to help me to develop and improve," he said.

"Jim and I have considered a number of options but it was important to take time to find the person who best fitted the position and was available to help."

McFadden stepped up from being Warriors assistant into his first head coaching job early in the 2014 season after the departure of Matthew Elliott.

He has faced constant questions about his security in the position since the Warriors ended last season with a run of eight defeats.

After an 0-3 start to 2016, the Warriors have improved to 4-5 to sit outside the top-eight on points differential.

But they have also been hit by off-field issues, with six players dropped a fortnight ago and then prevented from playing representative football for breaching team rules.

All Blacks experience has been in demand at New Zealand Football as well.

Sir John Kirwan, a 1987 World Cup winner, and Wayne Smith, part of the title-winning coaching teams at the past two World Cup tournaments, were invited to All Whites training on Tuesday to talk about team culture and legacy.

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