Robbie Henshaw, who had a busy summer tour with the Lions, has turned out to be doubts for Ireland’s November internationals. Photo: Sportsfile
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Robbie Henshaw has emerged as doubtful for Ireland’s upcoming November internationals as the influential center struggles with a foot injury.
Leinster was hoping To team up with Henshaw to face the Scarlets today, along with fellow Lions Tadhg Furlong and Jack Conan, but Leo Cullen announced the Athlone man is in a race to play for Ireland’s Games against Japan, New Zealand and Argentina to be fit next month.
Andy Farrell will be naming his squad next week, with Henshaw expected to be given every chance to recover in time to take the November Tests. When asked if the plan was to reintroduce Henshaw against Glasgow next week, Cullen said after his heavy workload with the Lions over the summer, “I doubt it, no. He has a problem with his foot and it was just a little slower than we thought.
« So it’s unlikely he’ll play in this block, but hopefully he won’t be too far behind after that. He’s such an important player, Robbie, for Ireland and Leinster, and I think you saw it with the Lions too. In the past he has come back reasonably seamlessly after breaks with the various injuries he’s had.
“He tends to come back in a good place. He’s training away from home but can’t play right now. I think when he gets back he can get back in straight away, no matter which team. «
When Henshaw was in doubt for the Japan game on November 6, Cullen added, » Exactly, yes So a little slower than we’d probably hoped. ”
Cullen paid an emotional tribute to ex-teammate Anthony Foley, whose fifth anniversary is today.
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« It’s hard to believe, really, » said Cullen. “You’ve made me pretty emotional here now, I didn’t expect that. He was number 8 for Irish schools in ’92 while I was number 8 for Irish schools in ’96. They went to New Zealand on their tour and we went to Australia four years later.
“Yeah, a lot of similar things we did about careers. He died at 42 and I’m currently 43 so I put a lot of thought into Axel when I was 42 to understand all of the pressures and the rest of what he was under. He’s a lot on my mind, Axel. I’m sure it’s going to be a sad day for his family.
« I’m sure it does every day, but he was a great character too. Hopefully everyone will also celebrate all the good things about Axel and what he did for the game and also for the country and especially for Münster.
“He definitely had an effect on many of us, but yes, someone I did would have seen. I admired him watching him play his first international for Ireland and the rest. ”
Former teammates Mossy Lawler and Cullie Tucker, who had during their Shannon and
» I respectively. » the pleasure of playing with him, « said Lawler, former Munster winger and current assistant coach at Connacht. “The first time I broke into the Shannon team, he was there. When I broke into the Münster team for the first time, he was there. He was always someone to go to and talk to – an incredible leader and an incredible teammate.
« For him, it’s only right to be celebrated. For us, it just adds to how special the occasion will be. «
Connacht’s newly appointed defensive coach Tucker added, » There should be a celebration for him. What an incredible man he was. I think it is right for them to do it and celebrate him and his family because what an excellent servant, what an excellent rugby player, what an excellent person he was. ”
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