Henry quiet on Super Rugby rest for All Blacks

All Blacks coach Graham Henry is reluctant to talk about his plans to pull his players out of Super 15 Rugby in 2011 and given the disaster of Rugby World Cup 2007 its understandable.

Henry along with the All Blacks management and key people from New Zealand’s five Super rugby franchises are having a two day meeting in Wellington this week to work out a plan that will suit all parties in managing the All Blacks through to the RWC next year.

In 2007 Henry pulled 22 of the All Blacks out of the first half of the Super 14 but this backfired badly and in addition stakeholders accused New Zealand of devaluing the competition.

For the 2011 Rugby World Cup Henry has a plan to pull or rest New Zealand’s top players through the expanded Super Rugby tournament coming up.

“We’re marrying our ideas so we come back with one team approach really – an All Blacks and franchise team approach so we both benefit as best we can,” he told NineMSN.

The group that meets this week will meet again in December after the All Blacks end of year tour to discuss finer details.

Former All Black and now Crusaders coach Todd Blackadder was with Henry for a short media briefing and said all the right things.

“The Super Rugby coaches are very much behind the All Blacks and we want them all to be successful,” he said.

“We’ve got our own competition that we’d like to win but …. we want the All Blacks to win the World Cup, these two days are to make sure we’re aligned and everyone’s really happy.”

As Super 15 Rugby will be more demanding on the players the New Zealand Rugby Union has allowed the Super Rugby franchises to expand their squads from 28 to 32 and Blackadder says that this will make player rotation easier.

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