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Henry's All Blacks: The 2007 World Cup Campaign by Murray Deaker
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"No nonsense summary of ABs RWC 2007"
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This is a very interesting book, considering that it is written by Murray Deaker, who I believe is a no nonsense talker and in this book he definitely tells it like it is and pulls no punches.

If you can handle remembering that game in Cardiff two years ago, give this book a go. It is a worthwhile read.


When Graham Henry replaced John Mitchell as All Black coach, his job description would have been simple - win the 2007 Rugby World Cup. That an ex-school teacher, who had never played rugby at international level, ever came to be in this position is unusual. How he then planned and successfully executed a four-year campaign to bring home the William Webb Ellis Trophy is fascinating. In Henry's All Blacks, Graham Henry's cup-winning campaign has been dissected and analysed by a man who knows his rugby, knows the history and more importantly, knows the man. For more than forty years, Murray Deaker has respected G. W. Henry as a friend and colleague, but even that long friendship was challenged in the dark days of doubt leading into the 2007 tournament. Would rotation and conditioning, two of the more controversial aspects of Henry's programme, prove to be our saving grace or sink our chances? We now know the answer, with Murray Deaker's in-depth examination of the defining moment of Henry's career providing a thoughtful and provocative record of a shattering defeat, and the man many now hold to be responsible.

Author Biography

Murray Deaker, affectionately known to his many fans as Deaks, is a renowned radio talkback host and the frontman for Skyâ s Deaker on Sport, still the only national television sports programme to carry the host's name. An award-winning and highly respected sports commentator, he has an opinion on everything and a particular passion for rugby, a game he played for 25 years, including briefly at provincial level, for Otago. Also a coach for 15 years, Murray has been analysing the game, and talking about rugby, for the past two decades. One thing his audience can always rely on is his commitment to telling it straight, and this book is no exception.
Release date NZ
October 19th, 2007
With John Deaker
Country of Publication
New Zealand
HarperCollins Publishers (New Zealand)
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