15 Jun 2011

Henry coy on future

6:03 am on 15 June 2011

The New Zealand rugby coach Graham Henry has not ruled out staying at the helm of the All Blacks after the rugby World Cup on home soil later this year.

Henry, who took over the national team following their World Cup failure in 2003, poured cold water on expectations he would step down after the tournament which ends on October the 23rd.

The former Blues coach says he made a decision to be totally focused on the rugby World Cup and would only give some thought to the future in November.

The 65-year-old added he's not too old, just late middle-aged, joking he's just been given the pension.

Henry's comments might prove deflating for long-time assistant and would-be successor Steve Hansen, who declared last month he was ready and willing to take over from his mentor following the World Cup.

The All Blacks have dominated rugby for decades but consistently under-performed at World Cups since winning the inaugural title in 1987.

They will again carry the favourites tag into their home World Cup as they seek to win a second trophy.

Henry added that he was likely to pick his World Cup squad of 30 by July the 10th, a day after the Super