Henry reveals England's secret weapon

Date published: September 19 2014

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Former All Blacks and World Cup winning coach Graham Henry believes England's low penalty count at home could be key in 2015.

Former All Blacks and World Cup winning coach Graham Henry believes England's low penalty count at home could be key in 2015.

Henry led New Zealand to glory in the last Rugby World Cup in 2011 and coached the side at the 2007 showpiece.

Discussing possible rivals to New Zealand's throne, Henry revealed the stats for the average number of penalties England concede when playing at Twickenham in comparison to when they're on the road.

England lost the June Test series against New Zealand 3-0, but came close to a rare win on Kiwi soil in the first outing in Auckland before losing by a point in the second Test.

“England playing at home give away [an average of] eight penalties a game,” Henry told the New Zealand Herald.

“Playing away they concede 16. There will be some rugby reasons for that… but most refs tend to favour the home side.”

Henry was eager to stress that there was no direct favourability from officials towards England when at Twickenham, pointing to the effect of the home crowd.

“I don't believe it's intentional, it's more a subconscious thing,” added Henry.

“You've at least 70,000 English people pressuring you to make decisions that favour their side.”

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