22 Jul 2008

Former Wallaby says AB fans set to "death ride" Henry

12:39 pm on 22 July 2008

The Wallabies great Nick Farr-Jones is predicting that disgruntled New Zealand rugby fans will "death-ride" the All Blacks in Saturday night's Bledisloe Cup blockbuster in Sydney.

Farr-Jones says he was staggered by the level of disenchantment among All Blacks supporters over New Zealand Rugby's decision to reappoint Graham Henry ahead of Robbie Deans earlier this year, and he can't believe hearing New Zealanders say they hope the All Blacks lose so that Henry's replaced.

Farr-Jones says the coaching battle is obviously going to be a huge talking point in New Zealand.

The All Blacks team is being named today, and the Wallabies are a little concerned about the fitness of their loose forwards Wycliff Palu and Rocky Elsom ahead of their team announcement tomorrow.

Farr-Jones was voted into the Wallabies Hall of Fame this week and will be officially inducted at a ceremony before Saturday night's Test in Sydney.

The champion halfback played 63 Tests from 1984-93 - including 36 as captain - and will become the 13th member of one of the game's most exclusive clubs.

He joins Ken Catchpole, Mark Loane, Sir Nicholas Shehadie, David Campese, Mark Ella, John Hipwell, John Thornett, Col Windon, Sir Edward "Weary" Dunlop, Tom Lawton junior, Tom Richards and Cyril Towers.