Friday 24 November 2017

Pat Lam: No decision yet on Robbie Henshaw's future

Robbie Henshaw. Photo: Sportsfile
Robbie Henshaw. Photo: Sportsfile

John Fallon

Connacht coach Pat Lam said he doesn't know if Robbie Henshaw's future with the province will be decided before the start of the Six Nations.

But in a week that he's already lost one Irish international, he said having a successful team is more important than who comes and goes. Lam explained his disappointment at the summer departure of Rodney Ah You to Ulster, but said that talks with Henshaw and his management were ongoing.

Henshaw is likely to return next Saturday against Russian side Enisei-STM for just his fourth Connacht game of the season after a fractured bone in his hand had seen him miss the last seven matches.

Henshaw sustained the injury in Connacht's interpro win over Munster at Thomond Park back in November, but will return on Saturday if he gets the all-clear from his surgeon.

"He went for that scan (last week) and it showed that he wasn't quite ready, he needed another week or two. That's why he didn't go to Brive," said Lam. "Again he feels pretty good with it, but he needs the final sign-off from the scan on Friday. He's trained this week and will train for the rest of the week and prepare to play."

Henshaw himself put a target of Christmas to sort out his long-term future, but talks with Connacht and the IRFU are now not likely to be finished before the Six Nations.

"That's ongoing, there's no decision on that," said Lam, who expressed his disappointment at the departure of Ah You to Ulster. "I think the big one, we are disappointed that Rodney made the decision to leave, but for me the whole focus is on those who want to be here."

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