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Thursday 23 November 2017

Henshaw: We must communicate better

Robbie Henshaw. Photo: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile
Robbie Henshaw. Photo: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

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."

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