Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Henry Tells Lions to Stop Spinning

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Henry Tells Lions to Stop Spinning

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Byline: CHRIS JONES

ALL BLACKS coach Graham Henry today attacked the Lions spin doctors for their " ridiculous" handling of the Brian O'Driscoll injury controversy and insisted his players would never set out to maim an opponent.

Henry also defended underfire captain Tana Umaga who was involved in the spear tackle with hooker Keven Mealamu which put Lions captain O'Driscoll out of the tour with a damaged right shoulder.

The All Blacks management are seething over what they see as a carefully orchestrated campaign by Alastair Campbell, former head of communications for Tony Blair, who is in charge of the Lions media operation to divert attention from the touring team's dreadful performance in the 21-3 First Test loss to New Zealand on Saturday.

Henry said: "Quite frankly I am disappointed. There is no way that any All Black player went out to deliberately injure an opposition player at the weekend.

BY CHRIS JONES in Palmerston North "We are getting caught up in something. …

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