Sunday 25 August 2019

'Training got a bit feisty today with the Leinster Academy boys' - Iain Henderson on tense Ireland session

Iain Henderson poses for a portrait after an Ireland rugby press conference at Carton House in Maynooth, Kildare. (Photo By Brendan Moran/Sportsfile via Getty Images)
Iain Henderson poses for a portrait after an Ireland rugby press conference at Carton House in Maynooth, Kildare. (Photo By Brendan Moran/Sportsfile via Getty Images)
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Ulster second-row Iain Henderson said that Ireland's training session on Thursday was more 'feisty' than usual as tensions flared with members of the Leinster Academy.

Ireland will play Argentina on Saturday and a win for Joe Schmidt's side would make it a perfect three from three for the hosts this month after previous wins over South Africa and Fiji.

As part of Ireland's preparations for this weekend's final Test, the Irish team ran against the Leinster Academy players in an opposed session at Carton House this morning.

Henderson said that tensions escalated during the session but that both sets of players made up with each other afterwards.

"After training today I don't know whether you'd say I was the one with a bit of dog in me," Henderson replied when he was asked if he has been playing with a bit more 'dog' in him this season.

"Training got a bit feisty this afternoon but it was good. There were a couple of young guys in from the Leinster Academy and they were riling boys up.

"A few boys rose and reacted let's say but I kept a cool head. There was a couple of kiss and make-ups in the huddle afterwards. I think all is good with them now."

Meanwhile Ireland centre Robbie Henshaw has been ruled out of the final test with a hamstring injury.

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The Leinster midfielder damaged his hamstring in training earlier this week and sat out this morning's session. The full extent of the injury is not yet known.

His absence has opened the door for Chris Farrell to start against the Pumas after lining out at outside centre last weekend against Fiji.

Adam Byrne will make his debut in a team that sees three changes from the 15 who beat South Africa two weeks ago.

Ireland team v Argentina: R Kearney; A Byrne, C Farrell, B Aki, J Stockdale; J Sexton, C Murray; C Healy, R Best (capt), T Furlong; J Ryan; I Henderson, P O'Mahony, S O'Brien, CJ Stander.

Replacements: J Tracy, D Kilcoyne, J Ryan, D Toner, R Ruddock, L McGrath, I Keatley, A Conway.

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