Henry: A loss before RWC would do All Blacks good

Rugby World Cup winning coach Graham Henry has said that he is concerned by the All Blacks unbeaten streak and has suggested that a loss would do them some good.

Henry led New Zealand’s All Blacks to a Rugby World Cup title in 2011 and has since been involved with Super Rugby side the Blues in Auckland and the Argentina national side.

In the run up to the 2011 Rugby World Cup Henry’s All Blacks lost to Australia and South Africa but went on to win the tournament on home soil.

Henry also led the All Blacks through the 2007 Rugby World Cup but they exited at the quarter final stage after losing to France in Cardiff.

“To be fair I think they need to lose,” he told Radio Sport.

The former All Black coach said that he sees similarities with the current All Black team and the one that contested the 2007 world cup.

New Zealand have started every Rugby World Cup as favourites and since winning the world cup they have only lost one match.

The All Blacks are ranked as the number one team in world rugby and are xpected to win every match but Henry says “the reality is that’s hugely difficult”.

Henry’s 2007 World Cup side lost three out of 32 Tests in the run up to the world cup and he says the current team could learn a lot from losing before the world cup next year.

“I think (a loss) galvanises people, it makes them re-analyse where they’re at and make sure they’re on the button. “

“Because I think there’s some similarities to 2007 here.”

The All Blacks have avoided the top eight teams in their Rugby World Cup pool next year as they are grouped with Argentina, Tonga, Georgia and Namibia.

Should the All Blacks finish on top of the pool they will likely face Ireland, France or Italy in the quarter-finals.

Henry said that he considers New Zealand, England, South Africa, Ireland and Australia as contenders for the 2015 title.

The Rugby World Cup kicks off in one year today when hosts England play Fiji at Twickenham.

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