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Saturday, 6 October, 2001, 11:33 GMT 12:33 UK
Henry hits out at Lions 'betrayal'
Graham Henry in training with the Lions squad
Henry: No Lions player wanted to leave the tour
Lions coach Graham Henry has heavily criticised Matt Dawson and Austin Healey for their controversial newspaper columns on the recent tour of Australia.

In his book "Henry's Pride", serialised in The Mirror, Henry believes the two players betrayed the team.


All the members of the management were very upset at the personal nature of the criticism
Graham Henry

"It was common knowledge some players had been offered large sums of money to write a controversial column on the tour," he wrote.

"I believe our hooker Keith Wood turned down a five-figure sum from one of the dailies.

"So it really was an age old story. Betraying trust, and betraying your mates for 30 pieces of silver".

Henry's training methods and management style were written about in Dawson's diary while it was also suggested some players were ready to leave the tour early.

"All the members of the management were very upset at the personal nature of the criticism," Henry said.

"The truth is that none of the players wanted to leave the tour, and anyone who knows me also knows I'm not the sort to rant and rave before a match."

Austin Healey in action for the Lions
Healey's article fired up the Australians ahead of the third Test
Dawson was eventually fined despite apologising for his comments.

Healey's description of Justin Harrison as a "plank" in his column caused particular anger for Henry, as the Australian lock turned in a match-winning display in the deciding Test.

"The more they told me the wider my eyes opened," Henry said.

"I was furious. The lesson of Dawson's diary had, apparently, not been learned by everyone.

"For the same crisis to materialise twice was more than careless, it had the touch of saboteur."


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