Lam knows battle to keep Henshaw has gone up a notch
Connacht coach Pat Lam knows that the battle to hold on to Robbie Henshaw has been made infinitely more difficult after the way the Ireland No. 12 crowned his maiden Six Nations campaign with a medal.
But Lam said that he was not surprised with the way Henshaw, who played every minute of the Six Nations triumph, took the Championship by storm.
Henshaw , who will only be 22 in June, will be out contract at the end of next season and the demand for his services has again intensified after he was nominated for Six Nations player of the tournament along with Paul O'Connell and Conor Murray.
If the Athlone native can repeat those performances on the world stage later this year, he will surely become one of the hottest properties in rugby, but for now Lam is proud that he's a Connacht player and is thrilled with the impact he made for Ireland.
"Fantastic, I mean everyone here is extremely proud of what he has done. He has represented the whole Connacht community," said Lam.
"I went to my boy's U-15s game at the weekend and everyone wants to be Robbie Henshaw, it's fantastic.
"The performances he has put in every game. The fact that he has done 80 minutes in all of them and hasn't been taken off, is testament to the work he has put in. It's great for Robbie, great for Ireland and great for Connacht."
Henshaw has been handed a well-earned week off and will miss Connacht's Pro12 derby clash against Munster on Saturday as a result.
The coach says he has some 'bumps and bruises' to rest, but Lam confirmed his star man will be back for their Challenge Cup quarter-final with Gloucester next week.