Sunday 25 August 2019

Robbie Henshaw: Trophy presentation was better than my 21st!

Mark McConville

Paul O'Connell likened Ireland's Six Nations celebrations to Robbie Henshaw's 21st birthday celebrations at the weekend - but the man himself says lifting the trophy was far better craic.

Following an enthralling day of rugby on Saturday which culminated in back-to-back titles for Ireland, captain O'Connell said: "You are completely powerless. It was a bizarre day. And then when we got the trophy, it was like Robbie Henshaw's 21st out there with all the 80s music being played!"

Ian Madigan, Jamie Heaslip, and Robbie Henshaw celebrate after winning the RBS Six Nations Rugby Championship
Ian Madigan, Jamie Heaslip, and Robbie Henshaw celebrate after winning the RBS Six Nations Rugby Championship

For Henshaw, it's the tournament-winning celebrations rather than his 21st that he will remember for years to come.

"Ah, the trophy presentation by far," said Henshaw when asked which was better craic - the trophy presentation or his 21st.

“It’s unbelievable, I can’t really describe it at this stage, I’ll just have to pinch myself and let it sink in. Credit to all the boys, management and staff, the work that was put into it over eight weeks was incredible," he added.

“We just took it one game at a time, didn’t get too far ahead of ourselves and just prepared really well for match week each week.

“It’s a credit to everyone now, and the result came on the back of really hard work.”

Henshaw admitted that watching the England/France game was tough going and the relief when the ball went out was "incredible".

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“My heart was nearly as high as it was in the game. It was incredible when France eventually got the ball off the field," he added.

“I think there was a quick tap in there and a few of us nearly pulled our hair out.

“It was just, I think it was the loudest roar I heard all day apart from the crowd in the stadium.”

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