Rugby World Cup winning coach Sir Graham Henry has confirmed he would love to continue his role as a mentor figure with the Argentina Rugby Team in this year’s Rugby Championship.
The World Cup winner raised several eyebrows last year when he decided leave his position as the coach of the New Zealand rugby team to take charge of the Argentine national team as a mentor figure to the team’s young coach Santiago Phelan. The move came barely a year after a he had won the title with the All Blacks on home soil.
And his decision not only came as a surprise, but it also made some of the Kiwi players extremely uncomfortable as he plotted to bring down many of the players he had brought into the ranks of the All Blacks who are currently headed by Steve Hansen, a long term assistant to Henry. Henry is now employed as a full time assistant to John Kirwan at The Blues, but he admitted that he would be returning to help the Argentina Rugby Team when the Super Rugby season ends.
Henry is an extremely talented coach and his talents have made him one of the most sought after figures both at home and abroad in a broad mentoring role. And speaking about his intentions to return to the camp of The Pumas, he stated that although nothing has been finalized yet, but added that is the intention he has right now.
Phelan, the 38 year old became the coach of the Argentina Rugby Team in 2008 and according to Sir Graham Henry, Phelan is extremely inexperienced in terms of coaching. And The Pumas will be hoping to use the experience of Henry in the expanded Tri Nations as the team tries to make its mark in the world stage.
Aviva Premiership Rugby Football Union club the London Welsh has completed the signing of Gonzalo Tiesi, the international centre for the Argentina Rugby Team to strengthen their options.
The 27 year old Tiesi has vast experience of playing in the Aviva Premiership before, having played in the division before with the likes of Harlequins FC as well as the London Welsh and was recalled into the national team of the Pumas for the autumn internationals of last year, having impressed with his performances for the local Buenos Aires club San Isidro Club.
And Tiesi immediately justified his return to the Argentina Rugby Team when he guided his team to a stunning victory against a star studded Wales Rugby Team at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff. Whilst some bookmakers were offering bonus bets if the Welsh won by more than 30 points, more realistic bookies like Unibet had the teams relavtiely equally matched.
The Argentine player first came to the English shores when he signed with the London Irish from San Isidro Club in 2004 where he played for four years before moving across town to sign with Harlequins FC. And his singing proved to be a huge success for The Quins as the club reached the semi finals of the Aviva Premiership playoffs as well as the quarter final stages of the Heineken Cup.
So impressive were his performances for the club that he was snapped by the powerhouse French side Stade Francais in 2011, but he was not able to replicate his form for the French side and returned to his home to play for his former club. He has played 40 matches in the Premiership for both The Exiles and The Quins and has 26 caps in the Amlin Challenge Cup and the Heineken Cup as well.
Tiesi has also played 32 times for the Argentina Rugby Team and his signature is turning out to be a huge transfer coup by The Exiles.