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O’Driscoll backs Henry to make an impact at Leinster

Guinness PRO12 Editor

6 Jul 2016

Leinster legend Brian O’Driscoll has given his full support to the decision to bring in Sir Graham Henry in a consultancy role in Dublin.

The Irish province lost to Connacht in the Guinness PRO12 final in Edinburgh, having finished top of the pile in the regular season.

In response they have called on the services of World Cup-winning coach Henry, who led his native New Zealand to the 2011 title.

And O’Driscoll, who helped Leinster to four Guinness PRO12 titles before retiring in 2014, expects Henry to make a big impact at the Irish province.

That starts with training, however O’Driscoll believes it is Leinster coach Leo Cullen who stands to really benefit from Henry’s expertise during his short-term stint.

O’Driscoll told the Irish Independent: “I know the All Blacks were big on standards, not having balls down.

“That is driven by the coach to make sure that mediocrity isn't acceptable. It is a positive step. Leo is the one that instigated it which makes it even more positive.

“He doesn't feel it's a threat. He's encouraging it and enhancing his knowledge, which has to be a good thing.

“I’m sure Leo will learn an awful lot from a coaching aspect in terms of what skills he’s brought to the All Black and what he’s done for Argentina as well.

“Hopefully we can get some of his knowledge and understanding of how he sees the game moving forward and how he sees Leinster as a team evolving."

Henry will join Leinster on July 30th and work with them during the pre-season, remaining for a number of weeks ahead of the 2016/17 season.

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