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Shirt order: Robbie Henshaw shows off his signed Ireland shirt and Lions training top, which will be among the raffle prizes

Shirt order: Robbie Henshaw shows off his signed Ireland shirt and Lions training top, which will be among the raffle prizes

Shirt order: Robbie Henshaw shows off his signed Ireland shirt and Lions training top, which will be among the raffle prizes

Robbie Henshaw has done a wardrobe detox with a sporting theme for a charity close to his heart.

Arriving home in Athlone, Co Westmeath, to do his Covid-19 lockdown with his parents and family, Robbie discovered some of his sporting jerseys and kit.

Now the Leinster and Ireland centre has decided to donate them to a raffle for Breast Cancer Ireland. The raffle launches today and will help the charity continue its work supporting pioneering research.

The 26-year-old player has been an ambassador for the cancer charity and helped launch its Great Pink Run, along with Leinster team-mate Josh van der Flier, in 2018.

The charity lost one of its important spring fundraisers, Battle of the Stars, which is now rescheduled for September 12.

"My mum and my sister were doing a clean out and found some of my old gear. I wanted to do some sort of giveaway and Aisling Hurley, who is CEO of Breast Cancer Ireland and a close family friend, ran the idea by me," Robbie said.

The fully signed kit includes Robbie's signed Lions training shirt, a signed Ireland jersey, a signed Pro 14 rugby ball, a set of boots and an initialled kit bag.

The Ireland jersey is from the game against Wales in February, and is one Robbie might have wanted to keep, not just because it was an important 24-14 victory but because he hasn't played that many Six Nations matches in recent years because of injuries.

"I missed the Six Nations the year before, and the year before that, when we won the Grand Slam, I got injured with my shoulder in the second game," he said.

"In the game against Wales we came out the right side with a bonus point. I had a strong first half, had a few decent carries and off-loads and then 10 minutes into the second half, I had to go off with a head knock."

During lockdown, Robbie has been training via Zoom with Leinster team-mates and says: "It was great to see all the lads."

He was also fortunate to locate some workout equipment locally. "I actually got some stuff from my old school, Marist College. I got weights and a rowing machine, enough to keep going."

Details of the raffle are on his @robhenshaw Instagram account bio and the winner will be picked on May 2. Robbie has also shaved his head in a Leinster team fund-raiser for frontline workers and two charities. "My sister did it for me with a number two blade - straight in, no messing," he said.

Irish Independent