26 Jul 2008

Henry says he understands pressure on Deans

6:18 am on 26 July 2008

All Blacks coach, Graham Henry, says he understands the pressure his countryman and opposite number Robbie Deans is under ahead of tonight's Tri-Nations test against Australia at the Olympic stadium.

Deans has admitted to having mixed emotions about the prospect of plotting the All Blacks downfall.

Henry coached both Wales and the British and Irish Lions and although he never coached against New Zealand he says he understands the pressure Deans is under.

Henry, who has avoided using Deans name in media committments during the build up to the test, says it'll be good to talk to Deans after the game.

Despite New Zealand's 30-28 loss to South Africa in Dunedin two weeks ago Henry insists Deans is under far more pressure than him.