Tuesday 10 December 2019

Connacht will aim to silence transfer talk around Robbie Henshaw

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Connacht's Robbie Henshaw has previously expressed bafflement at a proposed link with a move away from the province that gave him his break in professional rugby and he is currently content at Pat Lam's side. Diarmuid Greene / SPORTSFILE
Connacht's Robbie Henshaw has previously expressed bafflement at a proposed link with a move away from the province that gave him his break in professional rugby and he is currently content at Pat Lam's side. Diarmuid Greene / SPORTSFILE
David Kelly

David Kelly

Connacht will sternly resist any attempts to lure Robbie Henshaw away from the Sportsground as speculation mounts that he could again become a target for long-standing admirers Leinster.

The Irish Independent understands that Connacht officials are dismayed at the latest attempts to unsettle the 21-year-old Irish international, who is contracted to the western province.

And they will be keen to seek assurances from the IRFU that there are no plans afoot to announce a domestic transfer of the player ahead of next year's World Cup.

Neither the IRFU nor Connacht would comment publicly on the latest speculation yesterday but both organisations seem keen to distance themselves from the topic.

Henshaw has previously expressed bafflement at a proposed link with a move away from the province that gave him his break in professional rugby and he is currently content at Pat Lam's side.

Bafflement

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt and performance director David Nucifora are also keen not to see the player unsettled as he begins to develop his international career.

Lam yesterday commented on the retention of two other young local stars, Darragh Leader and Denis Buckley, and hinted at more signings to come.

"When we go out to the clubs and schools around the province, it is the local guys like Denis, Jack Carty, Eoin McKeon, John Muldoon that the young children see as their heroes.

"They've come through Connacht's systems and age grade structures and are now playing week in, week out for their home province," said Connacht's head coach.

"These kids can then see Robbie Henshaw and Darragh involved with Ireland. And that helps us to grow the game in the region which is one of our main responsibilities at Connacht Rugby."

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