HENRY STANDS DOWN

As expected, New Zealand rugby Union coach Graham Henry has stepped down from the head coach role. After leading the All Blacks to victory in the Rugby World Cup, this move was expected - he simply can't improve on how he has handled the task, and is leaving at the very top of his game.

The 65 year old joined the New Zealand set-up 6 years ago, and has since won countless Tri-Nations tournaments and Northern Hemisphere Grand Slams, before leading New Zealand to the ultimate victory in the World Cup, when his team out-muscled and out-manouvered the hard-working French side.

Speaking after the game, Henry was proud of what he had achieved, and the legacy he was passing on.

"It's been an enormous privilege to coach the All Blacks and I am exceptionally proud of how the team has added to the legacy."

"I am exceptionally proud of how the players have developed an extremely professional and enjoyable culture and environment, and how they have reached out to people of all ages and put a smile on their faces, both here in New Zealand and overseas.

"So I want to say a special thank you and congratulations to all the players who have played during this time, especially to Tana Umaga and Richie McCaw, the two long-term captains."