Saturday 24 June 2017

Tony Ward: Robbie Henshaw should not be leaving Connacht

'Henshaw is much more than a gifted centre or full-back: he is the role model supreme for up-and-coming young players throughout the western province'. Photo: Sportsfile
'Henshaw is much more than a gifted centre or full-back: he is the role model supreme for up-and-coming young players throughout the western province'. Photo: Sportsfile
Independent.ie Newsdesk

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I suspect that for all the pride Connacht supporters take in the rise of one of their own to superstardom, Robbie Henshaw will not be receiving the same farewell that Paul O'Connell got when the Munster lock announced his intention to move to pastures new.

Of course I understand the case for a switch, given the age and potential of the Marist and Buccaneers product. But I still don't agree with it.

It could be a good move for Henshaw and it could be a good move for Ireland. It is certainly a good move for Leinster but it is a bad day for Connacht.

Henshaw is much more than a gifted centre or full-back when he lines out in either of those positions for Connacht: he is the role model supreme for up-and-coming young players throughout the western province.

There are as many young girls and boys who want to be the next Henshaw as want to be Joe Canning or Cora Staunton.

That said I wish him nothing but the best in the next stage of his exciting career.

Irish Independent

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