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Henry to help Warriors deal with adversity

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 11/05/2016
Sir Graham Henry © Getty Images Sir Graham Henry

Dealing with adversity is one area that Warriors coach Andrew McFadden will lean on Rugby World Cup winner Sir Graham Henry for insights.

Henry is spending the next month at the NRL club in a mentoring role, offering support for the first-grade squad and the football department.

"Obviously, Graham is a very astute and admired person, but it also hasn't been all smooth sailing for him as well," McFadden said on Wednesday.

"That's what I want to draw on. We're going through a bit of a tough time but if you stick to what what you believe in, you can come out the other side."

Henry was coach of the All Blacks when New Zealand made their earliest exit in a World Cup, losing to France at the quarter-final stage in 2007.

He bounced back from that huge disappointment to guide them to rugby's biggest prize four years later.

Henry began his stint with the Warriors on Monday, two weeks after their 42-0 hammering at the hands of Melbourne.

That defeat was followed by the club dropping six players from first grade for breaking team protocol after a late night out.

McFadden said he had discussions last year with managing director Jim Doyle about bringing in someone who could add value to the club, "so it's not a reactive thing" to events of the past fortnight.

He said Henry's input would be of benefit not just to himself, but the whole organisation.

Skipper Ryan Hoffman agreed, saying: "To have someone like that, New Zealand royalty really, be involved in our club is certainly going to be an asset."

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