Graham Henry had a few things to say about rugby, the laws and referees.
Some comments were good like his current take on scrums –
“What annoys me is when heads are below hips and so the scrum is obviously going to go down. It is part of the tactics so that the team with scrum dominance can’t enjoy that advantage. But if referees insisted that front rows were square, and shoulders were above hips, you wouldn’t have a problem.”
Some comments made some sense like on laws or referees –
“I think people also get irritated by the spectacle because we are not strict enough on how we referee the game.”
But these comments make no sense to me –
“I think this issue is a real worry for the game around the world. The loss of so much expertise from countries like New Zealand and South Africa is one thing. Young, up-and-coming players need a mentor, experienced players to learn from. I think it’s a concern for New Zealand [and South African] rugby and it’s also a concern for the countries these guys are going to because more and more, particularly in France and England, there are fewer and fewer French and English players playing in their top competition…It would be a real worry for me if we had half the players in our Super 14 who weren’t eligible for the All Blacks. How the hell could we develop players? It would completely ruin our competitions.”
I think what he means is I want control over my players even if it makes England and France crap. I don’t care. I want control. If you did not hear me, I want control.