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Wednesday 22 October 2014

Henshaw the man to inspire Connacht

TALENTED and versatile talisman Henshaw to take down Dragons

Interestingly, Connacht captain Gavin Duffy returns from injury, but out of position on the left wing, not in his customary role at full-back.

This can be put down to the extraordinary ease with which Robert Henshaw has taken over that role, even though his own natural jersey is No 13.

Here is a special talent. He is the man most likely to eventually take over from Brian O'Driscoll in the crucial outside centre slot for Ireland for his gift of looking in control of what he is doing.

South African Danie Poolman plays for the third time in what is developing into a balanced backline, perfectly set-up to be exploited by the experience of Dan Parks.

THE DRAGONS v CONNACHT, RODNEY PARADE, 7.0.

Verdict: Connacht.

DRAGONS: T Prydie; W Harries, P Leach, A Smith, T Chavhanga; D Evans, W Evans; P Price, H Gustafson, D Way, A Jones, R Sidoli, L Evans (Capt), N Cudd, T Brown.

CONNACHT: R Henshaw; T O'Halloran, D Poolman, D McSharry, G Duffy (capt); D Parks, K Marmion; D Buckley, J Harris-Wright, N White, M Swift, M Kearney, A Browne, W Faloon, E McKeon.

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