Ok ok...so you have heard a lot of theories on why the AB's lost....well after much thought this is an exclusive on why the AB's failed to win the RWC. The All Blacks lost because of Dan Carter and Gilbert Enoka. The man responsible for these two underperforming was Graham Henry. So the All Blacks ultimately lost because of Graham Henry. FIRST FIVE[/b]. NZ won the RWC in 1987 with a team that had the Fitzpatrick leading the battle up front, Captain Kirk giving orders to direct forward or back play....and they had a first five GRANT FOX WHO GAVE THE DIRECTION WHICH ORDERS KIRK SHOULD FOLLOW and where the team should be going. The 1987 AB's were NOT led by the management off the field and most of the NZ public do not know who their coach was or even one of the selectors! Some of the NZ public even think that the coach was their non playing captain Andy Dalton! The lasting impression New Zealanders have of the 1987 RWC is that of David Kirk holding a trophy.....it was won by the players alone on the day, ateam who were directed by the useless soldier yet brilliant general GRANT FOX! Since 1987 the NZ team has had First Five Eighth's who have moved away from the primary focus of directing their team and had them move towards more of a second five eighth's role of flair. Bachop ran more than Fox, Merhtens ran more than Bachop, Carlos ran more than Merhtens. Then we have Carlos' successor....Dan Carter. He is encouraged to keep developing his PERSONAL skills rather than his TEAM GOVERNANCE skills. The NZ public are more concerned about Carter playing well PERSONALLY rather than Carter playing the TEAM better. Carter was not taught the skills to lead the team. Henry did not empower him to be a "leader amongst equals". Carter did not take the team by the scruff of the neck and point them in the right direction. He was never given full reign to adjust the gameplan on the field. He was not given full responsibility to change things as he sees fit. Carter could see what was happening on the field yet he could not "percieve". He had been trained to only see what was in front of him...the "moment" rather than the bigger strategic picture. Merhtens bossed Bunce and Brooke around. Fox told Stanley and Schuster what the haps was. Carter looks at Mils and Mauger and says "Hope it works what Henry wants". For the next RWC NZ simply need a THINKING first five eighth's who is confident to lead the best soldiers in the world to fight battles in the right areas because even a brilliant army can be defeated by having no general. Henry chose to be the general of the AB's. By not having an on-field general his fantastic team were without ground zero direction and as a result ambushed. In conclusion I again restate that even though Carter unwillingly and probably unknowingly failed on the field and even though Enoka only half prepared his players to play and not to think, ultimately the blame must lie on Henry who directed both these men to make these critical errors.