Wednesday 18 October 2017

Henshaw will play for Ireland -- Elwood

HE is only 19 and has started just two Pro12 matches for Connacht, but Eric Elwood firmly believes that Robbie Henshaw will go on and play for Ireland, WRITES Ruaidhri O'Connor.

The former international out-half has already told the centre/full-back's parents that he believes their son is a "special player" and he heaped praise on the teenager from Westmeath at yesterday's Heineken Cup launch.

Injuries have forced Elwood to look deep within his squad for players and he picked Henshaw on the bench just three months after his Leaving Certificate for the opening-weekend defeat to Cardiff.

Three weeks later, the product of Athlone's Marist College made his first start at centre against Glasgow and played 80 minutes that day, before he lasted the distance a week later at full-back in the Westerners' five-try win over Leinster.

And he is now in line for a starting berth when the European Cup kicks off in 10 days time.

Asked what he sees in the young man, Elwood was effusive in his praise.

"Robbie Henshaw will play for Ireland, that is what I see in him."

"He has great ability, he is a good talent who can play at 13 or 15.

"I am a firm believer that if you are good enough you are old enough and Robbie is good enough.

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