3 Aug 2010

Anti-Henry sentiment in Christchurch no worries for coach

5:09 pm on 3 August 2010

The All Blacks coach Graham Henry says he's always felt comfortable in Christchurch and doesn't take any anti-Henry sentiment in the city personally.

The match marks a homecoming for Wallabies coach Robbie Deans, with a the new Deans stand at AMI stadium to be officially opened before the test.

Another stand is to be named the Graham Henry stand for the night, which Henry says is an honour.

Henry says having grown up and gone to school in Christchurch, he's always felt comfortable in the city where his mother still lives.

He says the debate over whether Deans should have been appointed to the All Blacks job rather than him, in the wake of the All Blacks disappointing performance at the 2007 world cup, was only natural.

It maybe a bittersweet homecoming for Deans though as another loss would almost certainly guarantee the All Blacks the tri nations title and would also have the Wallabies equalling the worst ever trans-Tasman losing streak for an Australian side.