Graham Henry joins All Blacks after match

TOBY ROBSON
Last updated 05:00 10/09/2012
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HELPING HAND: Sir Graham Henry arrives at an Argentina training session at the Hutt Recreation Ground.

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Graham Henry stayed out of the Pumas' coaching box but not the All Blacks' camp at Westpac Stadium on Saturday night.

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen confirmed Henry made a beeline for the home dressing room after Argentina's 21-5 loss to his old team.

"He came into the shed after the game and said thanks for the game, so we had a beer," Hansen said without elaborating on the subject of their conversation.

Henry dominated reports on the buildup to the test after donning a Pumas' tracksuit at training, less than a year after leading the All Blacks to Rugby World Cup glory. His refusal to rule out sitting in the opposition coaches' box on game night kept the issue in the news up to kickoff but in the end he wisely left Argentinian coach Santiago Phelan to his own devices.

Hansen had clearly grown tired of the sideshow by the end of the week and after the match he graciously credited Phelan for the Pumas' strong showing.

"I didn't see Graham out there at all," he said when asked if he had seen Henry's influence on the visitors' defence. "Argentina have been a very good defensive side for a long time. Their systems are very good and they've had those systems for a long time.

"We've talked a lot about Graham but the people who should be getting credit are the coaches that are there now."

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