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Tuesday 12 December 2017

Henry enjoying his return to the west

Sean Henry of Connacht
Sean Henry of Connacht

Declan Rooney

Connacht hooker Sean Henry says a move back to his native province was the perfect boost his career needed.

After playing underage rugby for Connacht, the Sligo native bagged a spot in the Munster academy, but found himself slipping down the pecking order behind Damien Varley, Mike Sherry and Jerry Flannery.

However, he has been given a new lease of life in Pat Lam's side and after starring in their monumental win over Toulouse, Henry is ready to transfer that form into their Christmas league fixtures, starting with the Dragons at the Sportsground on Saturday.

"It has been a great move for me, playing regularly, testing myself against great teams. Obviously, I enjoyed my time at Munster and I learned an incredible amount against some great players.

"But moving to Connacht, being exposed to regular game time and playing has been fantastic. And it is my home province, it's where I'm from at the end of the day, so that has added an extra special layer to it as well. A change of scenery is good too.

"When the fixtures were announced those are the games that really jump out at you. We all wanted to be involved and we all wanted to play the big teams. The last two weeks were special, especially the away win in Toulouse. Since I moved here I have scrubbed up on the big wins that Connacht have had. They beat Northampton back-to-back in Warren Gatland's time, but a lot of people would rate Toulouse as up there too. Their basics are very good.

"They don't turnover the ball, they kick their goals, so when you do those things, you make yourself very hard to beat. It's just about finding the little things in our game plan that we can tweak to help us to the win.

"Discipline is vital. I think they (Dragons) have the second best goal kicker in the league, so you really have to watch where you give away penalties. But we'll be mindful of it and try and maintain our discipline this weekend."

Irish Independent

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