Sunday 23 October 2016

Henry won't be burdened by the past

Chris Henry
Chris Henry

It was only last November when Chris Henry's life was on the line. The furthest thing from his mind would have been the 2015 World Cup as a blocked blood vessel in his brain threatened more than just his career.

Now, Sean O'Brien snapping a punch into the chest of Pascal Pape has put Henry right back at the heart of Ireland's pack against Argentina for a place in the semi-final.

"It is obviously the biggest game of my career," he said.

"It is hard to keep the emotions on track because of the magnitude of it. We just want to get out there and do the best we can."

The Irish will not be held prisoners to what happened the five times they have been able to get to the quarter-final, but no further.

"We've got a chance to make history," he said.

"Everyone is focussed on preparing extremely well and now it's about going out there and having no regrets after the game."

The 30-year-old Ulsterman knows this is a crossroads moment in the career of many.

"It only comes around every four years.

"Of course, we know this won't happen again for a lot of us."

He won't dwell on the negatives, on the possibilities.

"We just have to go about the same process and use it for motivation.

"We won't be burdened by the past."

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