Henry has 'no relevance' to Cheika

The Rugby Championship
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by Beth Newman

The Wallabies say they don’t care what Sir Graham Henry thinks, after the former World Cup winning All Blacks coach blasted them on New Zealand radio.

Henry, who steered the All Blacks to a 2011 World Cup victory,  described the current Wallabies group as the worst crop he had seen in his time, speaking ahead of Saturday’s All Blacks-Springboks clash.

“We haven't played South Africa yet, but they got beaten by Australia and they are woeful,” he said.

"I think it's probably the worst Australian team I have ever seen and that's a real worry for the game."

Cheika said while he didn’t know what Henry had said, his thoughts were of ‘no relevance’ to the current Australian group.

“I didn't know he said that but you tell me, I couldn't care less what he says, he's got no relevance to me,” he said.

“Maybe in his mind we are (the worst), that's good for him, he doesn't need to tell me and I don't need to listen to it.”

“He can say whatever he likes but I don't care what he says.”

Wallabies scrumhalf Will Genia was equally unperturbed by his comments, dismissing the notion that they were

“Personally I don’t really care about that sort of stuff,” he said.

“People can say what they want. All that matters to me and I’m sure it’s the same for everyone else is what we believe in, what we try to do on the field and what we were doing at training.

“We’re just working hard to be as good as we can to make Australia proud.”

The Wallabies’ win over Argentina on Saturday night was their first back-to-back Test victories of the year and with four rounds of the Rugby Championship over, the Wallabies sit in second place, after the All Blacks defeated South Africa 41-13 in Christchurch.

Their final home Test of the season was one captain Stephen Moore said the side had earmarked as one to return some pride into the Wallabies jersey and with two wins on the trot, he said they had moved forward.

“I think we did some good stuff in the last two weeks,” he said.

“Every time you play at home is important for us, for our people, for our fans.

“We want to make them proud of what we do when we go out because we prepare during the week but ultimately the game is the only time that all our supporters get to see that come to life.”

The Wallabies have a week off next week before travelling to Pretoria and London for their return Tests against the Springboks and Pumas.