Sunday 21 October 2018

Henshaw's hamstring stays strong


Henshaw’s hamstring stays strong
Henshaw’s hamstring stays strong

Leinster are probably going to have to take away Exeter Chiefs unbeaten record at home this season to maintain their grip on Pool Three of The Champions Cup at Sandy Park on Sunday (KO5.30), writes Des Berry.

To do so, they will have to be as close to full-strength as possible against a formidable foe. It is understood that Robbie Henshaw (above) has been able to prove his fitness from a hamstring strain to take one of the shirts in the midfield.

This is crucial to Leinster's plan to withstand sustained pressure from Exeter in what is bound to be a white-hot atmosphere.

Henshaw has played just three times for The Blues this season, lasting all 80 minutes against Munster, Montpellier and Glasgow Warriors, the latter two at outside centre.

He is the ultimate competitor and a handy man to have around as coach Leo Cullen considers whether to trust in the rusty Garry Ringrose at thirteen or switch Isa Nacewa to twelve.

This is where the versatility of Henshaw would come into view as an ideal partner for either man.

The fact Ringrose has had just 71 minutes of rugby this season, albeit last week, would place a huge onus on the 22 year-old.

Nacewa's ability to play anywhere allows Cullen some wriggle room in a big decision.

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