16 Oct 2008

Henry stands firm on not using overseas based players

7:56 am on 16 October 2008

All Blacks coach Graham Henry says he firmly supports the All Blacks' strict ban on foreign-based players despite the exodus which forced him to rebuild after last year's World Cup.

Henry has dismissed suggestions that the All Blacks could start selecting New Zealanders playing in fellow Super 14 countries Australia or South Africa, after flanker Daniel Braid's move to the Queensland Reds this month.

He says at the moment, no, because he thinks it decreases the value of New Zealand rugby.

Henry also says the move would affect rugby's popularity in New Zealand and hit TV revenues.

But he says he may change his stance if the Super 14 competition went ahead with plans to expand to new countries.

Henry says the All Blacks will be at full strength when they face Australia in Hong Kong on November 1st -- the first Bledisloe Cup match outside the two countries.