Brodie Retallick Rugby World Cup 2019: Calling World Cup rejects is All Black coach’s ‘worst job’

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Sir Graham Henry says as the coach you get close to players, and telling them they’re out is heartbreaking.

Sir Graham Henry says he doesn’t miss the worst part of the All Blacks coach’s job – ringing players left out of a Rugby World Cup squad.

As Steve Hansen prepares to name his 31-man squad for the 2019 tournament at midday on Wednesday, Henry reflected on the toughest calls the All Blacks boss will have to make.

Henry, who coached the All Blacks to the 2011 World Cup title, toldTVNZ’s Breakfastprogramme he dreaded giving the bad news to players.

“Once you’ve said [you are not going to the World Cup], they are not listening,” he said.

Brodie Retallick Graham Henry says telling players they have not been selected for a Rugby World Cup squad is an All Blacks coach's toughest job.

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Graham Henry says telling players they have not been selected for a Rugby World Cup squad is an All Blacks coach’s toughest job.

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Brodie Retallick Graham Henry (C), flanked by Wayne Smith and Steve Hansen at an All Blacks team announcement in 2008.

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Graham Henry (C), flanked by Wayne Smith and Steve Hansen at an All Blacks team announcement in 2008.

“But it’s the most difficult job as an All Blacks coach, to ring those guys.

“You get close to them, an

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