31 Jan 2012

Henry blasts 'wasteful' England rugby team

8:21 am on 31 January 2012

The rugby world cup winning former All Blacks coach, Graham Henry, has blasted rivals England as the world champions at wasting talent.

Henry guided the All Blacks to victory in last year's showpiece tournament in New Zealand as England's campaign, which was marred by off-field incidents, crashed in the quarter-finals with coach Martin Johnson subsequently resigning.

He singled out Ben Foden, Chris Ashton and Delon Armitage as players who has impressed him but believes they may never reach their potential.

The former headmaster says a country with over a million players should be the best team in the world and England's potential in the backs is as good as it has ever been.

However he says Englands obsession with securing possession is frustrating their attacking backs.

Henry claims England and the English clubs play a game based on fear and a generation of promising backs are dying on their feet.