29 Nov 2008

Graham Henry says give Martin Johnson time

6:06 pm on 29 November 2008

The All Blacks coach, Graham Henry, says his England counterpart needs time to develop his team.

Martin Johnson is under seige after successive losses to Australia and South Africa and with the All Blacks widely expected to Grand Slam at Twickenham tomorrow morning.

But Henry says he was offered a one way first clas ticket to New Zealand when Wales lost three of their first four games after he took over in 1998.

He says that attitude changed as Wales began winning and England's fans and the news media there should give Johnson some space.