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Last Updated: Monday, 6 November 2006, 12:04 GMT
Henry plays down NZ superiority
Graham Henry watches from the stands during New Zealand's win over England
Henry has only tasted defeat by SA (three times) and Australia
New Zealand coach Graham Henry says it is a "fallacy" to suggest his side are streets ahead of the rest of the world despite their record win at Twickenham.

The All Blacks have won 16 of their last 17 Tests, 29 of 33 under Henry.

"We have won a few competitions of late, but I don't think there is a huge gap between the top sides and on their day they can get a result," he said.

"There is no way we should feel that way and I don't think that is really the case."

The All Blacks now head to France for back-to-back Tests in Lyon, on Saturday, and Paris the following week.

Henry intends to go ahead with his plan to name virtually an entirely different team for the first Test, before fielding his top line-up in Paris.

The All Blacks are a winning machine

England coach Andy Robinson

"The French are a very good side, the best in the northern hemisphere, and they have been waiting for us for a couple of years," he added.

"But we said we are going to play virtually two different teams and then play our number one side in the second Test, and that hasn't changed.

"One or two of this team (against England) will play next week, but the majority will be different. That was the tour policy before we left, and it was agreed by the players."

Henry's England counterpart Andy Robinson, who he worked alongside on the 2001 Lions tour to Australia, was fulsome in his praise of the victors.

"They are a winning machine, and know exactly what they are doing," Robinson said.

"These guys are very composed on the ball, put a lot of pressure on your ball, and they certainly know how to strike from turnovers.

"They also have a kicking machine in Daniel Carter who will kick goals from anywhere if you give him the opportunity."



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