Exclusive: Andrew Henderson hungry to lead All Stars

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Andrew Henderson

Andrew Henderson has told Love Rugby League he would love the opportunity to take over as head coach of the Combined Nations All Stars.

The All Stars will face England again in 2022 to help with preparations for the upcoming World Cup for Shaun Wane’s side.

The former Castleford and Scotland captain assisted boss Tim Sheens in the role last season. The All Stars stunned England with a 26-24 win in Warrington.

With Sheens now back in Australia, All Stars forward Kenny Edwards has led the calls for Henderson to be given the big job himself. 

And speaking exclusively to Love Rugby League, Henderson says it would be a huge honour to be offered the role.

Andrew Henderson: ‘It was an exciting part of my career’

“I’m very flattered to hear that players who were involved in the Combined Nations All Stars are showing support for myself to not only be involved again but potentially coach the side in the head coach role with Tim Sheens being unavailable,” said Henderson.

“Certainly it would be a huge honour if I was asked to coach the side. I would love that opportunity and I wouldn’t deny that.

“But if I’m involved again in any capacity I would be more than happy with that as well.

“It was an exciting part of my career as a coach. I thoroughly enjoyed the camp last year. I thoroughly enjoyed working with the group of players that we assembled, albeit it was last minute.”

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Henderson keen to be involved with All Stars again

Henderson left Warrington in the autumn after both he and club legend Lee Briers were left surplus to requirements in the coaching team following the appointment of new boss Daryl Powell.

Now combining his media commitments with his job at Keighley, Henderson says he would be hungry to link up with the All Stars once more.

He said: “I really enjoyed working with those guys, they were a great group. I felt that they responded well to the adversity that we faced. They rose to the challenge and faced a good England side. They came away with a great win in the end.

“It was a tremendous week for everyone involved with the Combined Nations All Stars last year. I certainly would love to be involved with them again in 2022.

“In what capacity that could be who knows. But yes, I’m very flattered that players have voiced their support for me to coach the side. If I did get the opportunity to be head coach then I would be more than willing to put my hand up to do so.”

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