Henry rejects return home
Welsh coach Graham Henry has slammed suggestions that he plans to turn his back on the Dragons and take over as coach of the All Blacks.
"I'm not going anywhere - I have a contract with Wales," Henry said in a newspaper interview in Britain. "It's a load of rubbish and pure media speculation. I don't even want to talk about it."
Henry, who has revitalised the Wales team over the past 12 months, would be one of the leading candidates for the job of New Zealand coach should incumbent John Hart be axed after his team's shock World Cup semi-final loss to France at the weekend.
Another New Zealand coach working overseas, Laurie Mains, is among those who has called for changes to the New Zealand coaching staff, although Mains said much-criticised Taine Randell should stay on as captain.
Mains, who now coaches in South Africa, said the All Blacks had lacked a basic structure to their game over the last two years.
"This showed when they were under pressure from the French," he said. "If the All Blacks had a pattern at Twickenham, I couldn't determine what it was.
"If you're playing a good pattern and doing the basics well, the opposition can do all the thinking they like but there is not a lot they can do about it.
"New Zealand did not have a tight-enough pattern to force their will on the French."