Tuesday 6 December 2016

Big blow for Ireland as Henderson now a major doubt for All Blacks clash

Published 25/10/2016 | 14:19

Iain Henderson
Iain Henderson

Ireland will likely travel to Chicago without one of their prominent ball carriers after it was confirmed by Ulster that Iain Henderson is in danger of missing the autumn series clash against the All Blacks with a shoulder injury.

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The bulldozing ball carrier picked up the knock in Ulster's last gasp win over Exeter last weekend, with Les Kiss stating this afternoon that the injury is likely to keep Henderson out for between two and four weeks.

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That would almost certainly rule the Ulster forward out of Ireland's game against New Zealand in Chicago in 11 days time, while Henderson could even be a doubt for the rematch in Dublin two weeks after that.

While that will be a blow to Joe Schmidt's plans, Sean O'Brien and Peter O'Mahony's continued return to fitness should beef up his back row options as Ireland prepare for a four-test schedule in November.

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