Henshaw: We must communicate better
Robbie Henshaw has spoken about how Garry Ringrose, Paddy Jackson and the inside centre are still "finding a voice" in the Six Nations.
It is unlikely Jonathan Sexton will recover from his calf injury to face Italy on Saturday and there is no sign of a return for Jared Payne.
This leaves a void in top-end international experience to boss the game from Ireland's pivotal shirts numbered ten, twelve and thirteen.
"Johnny and Jared have been around a while. They're masters at it," said Henshaw about Ireland's lack of leadership.
"A few younger guys: myself, Garry and Paddy are still growing in confidence, finding a voice."
More importantly, Jackson, Henshaw and Ringrose do not possess the vocally dominant personalities to ensure there is proper communication at all times.
"Communication is definitely a massive factor in our attack and defence.
"Without it, we'd be lost," said the Leinser centre. "For us, on the weekend, our communication could have been better."