Chris Henry: Rory Best is gone but I'm not expecting an exodus of Ireland stars after...
By Chris Henry It never really goes away, the feeling of loss like that.
By Chris Henry It never really goes away, the feeling of loss like that.
By Chris Henry My one and only experience of playing the All Blacks was 25 minutes I’ll never forget... whether I want to or not.
By Chris Henry Whether it’s Storm Lorenzo or our rugby team, Irish people are, by nature, a pessimistic bunch. We don’t ever like to appear too confident in ourselves and the best way to prepare is to prepare...
By Chris Henry For all the weather warnings coming into this World Cup, not one of them forecast lightning striking twice.
By Chris Henry We have spent most of this year wondering, debating and worrying whether it was going to be the Ireland of 2018 that showed up to the World Cup party in Japan.
By Chris Henry If you were looking at it from a neutral perspective, then the day this World Cup really caught fire was that August morning when the Wallabies hammered the All Blacks.
By Chris Henry I'm sure that any Ulsterman in the market for a second team at this World Cup will be keeping a keen eye on how Canada fare at the tournament.
By Chris Henry My Ireland debut came in Jamie Heaslip's number 8 jersey after he'd been sent off against the All Blacks the week before. Irish Rugby's Mr Indestructible famously didn't miss many games so thereafter...
By Chris Henry It's a different game now than the one I played when I first came through. I was sure of it the day I retired and the mistake of omitting Devin Toner from Ireland's squad for the World Cup...
By Chris Henry It's never been a particular secret that Jordi Murphy's move to Ulster at the end of last season was with his Ireland future and Japan 2019 in mind.
By Chris Henry The World Cup wasn't really on my radar as 2015 began. Back then, I just wanted to know if I'd play rugby again.
By Chris Henry When a well-oiled machine hits top gear, you can be left feeling a bit like a fly on the wind-shield.
By Chris Henry I couldn't bring myself to watch the 2015 PRO12 final. Living close to Kingspan Stadium, I could see the floodlights from my house, see the Munster and Glasgow fans making their way to the ground,...
By Chris Henry When you think of the sheer numbers of southern hemisphere coaches that we have in this part of the world, to have an Ulster-born tactician become so successful is both brilliant and remarkable.
By Chris Henry It was a pleasure to feel like my career had come somewhat full circle on Thursday night as I was asked to present the Dorrington B Faulkner award to Barney McGonigle at the Ulster Rugby end of season awards.
By Chris Henry When it comes to this time of year, the end-of-season party is something of a misnomer. First of all, I can't remember the last time we didn't have the bitter taste of another season without...
By Chris Henry There'll be plenty of talk in the coming weeks about the Ulster appearance record and Andrew Trimble's 229 times in the white jersey, but he'll have 230 by the end of the month.
By Chris Henry On Saturday, the rugby neutrals will all have been willing either of Benetton's late drop goal attempts to stay true and I was no different.
By Chris Henry In all its many guises, the PRO14 has never witnessed a fairytale like Connacht's title win of 2016, and I'm sure Leinster felt there wasn't a soul outside of blue blood country that wanted them to win...
By Chris Henry Ulster v Leinster, George Clancy in charge and a swing taken by somebody in blue.
By Chris Henry Considering Saturday's game was one with nothing riding on it in terms of the PRO14 table, the derby between Ulster and Leinster was one that I enjoyed and there were a few sights beyond the...
By Chris Henry I played with some great leaders during my time but when I look back on my career, be it with Ulster or Ireland, I think of Rory Best as my captain.
By Chris Henry Even without Ulster in action last week, it was still a great weekend of rugby, and after six months of European competition I don't think there's any doubt that what we've been left with are the two best sides preparing to go head-to-head.
By Chris Henry When I was in the middle of what I'd say were the peak years of my career, probably ages 28 through 31, I would have felt like I could go a month without a game and not really miss a beat.
By Chris Henry A PRO14 play-off place and a Champions Cup spot all off the back of a return to the last-eight of Europe. What a difference 12 months have made for Ulster Rugby.
By Chris Henry We always say rugby is a game for everyone and that's why I fully agree with the Australian Rugby Union in their decision to cut ties with the supremely talented Israel Folau.
By Chris Henry The disappointing Six Nations may have put a few doubts in the mind of the public, but the PRO14 tables once again show the state of the pro game in Irish Rugby is in rude health.
By Chris Henry No matter what level you're playing at, you won't win a game away from home without a scrum and lineout, that's the long and short of it.
By Chris Henry What an achievement it is for Ireland to have made it into next year's HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series.
By Chris Henry I'm not sure I ever played with anyone who lived and breathed Ulster Rugby the way that Darren Cave does.
By Chris Henry Despite what has been said over the last few days in the aftermath of Ulster's Champions Cup exit, it's nonsense to say a player making a mistake on a rugby field is unforgivable. Jacob Stockdale won't...
By Chris Henry If there's one thing we can take away from Saturday's game, then it's the fact that there's no reason why Ulster can't win the Guinness PRO14 this season.
By Chris Henry I have to say I thought it was madness to throw Luke Marshall straight back into the cauldron of a Champions Cup knockout clash after 10 months without a game.
By Chris Henry There's no denying that the presence of Iain Henderson, or lack thereof, will be a huge factor in the game on Saturday.
By Chris Henry There was a moment driving down the M1 that I stopped and thought to myself, 'What am I doing?'
By Chris Henry Missing out on Ulster's Heineken Cup semi-final win against Edinburgh in 2012 through injury was devastating for reasons beyond the size of the game.
By Chris Henry Les Kiss on the wing and a video analyst at full-back... only at a World Cup.
By Chris Henry While it wasn't a great Six Nations for most teams, one thing that's now for sure is that Wales have to be seen as World Cup contenders.
By Chris Henry While the senior team will no doubt be looking to purge last weekend from their memory, it'll be one the Under-20s will remember for the rest of their lives.
By Chris Henry There's something special about a Six Nations afternoon in Cardiff.
By Chris Henry In addition to the four tries they got against France, you couldn't help but feel that Ireland left a few out there as well.
By Chris Henry If James Ryan hadn't been named man of the match against France on Sunday, then the only other contender for me would have been Garry Ringrose.
By Chris Henry It was pretty evident early on that Eric O'Sullivan was going to be one of Dan McFarland's star pupils. I don't know whether it was their mutual love of scrums or something else, but instantly they just...
By Chris Henry I was fortunate enough to be in the room on Thursday night when Joe Schmidt paid a visit to Malone for a club dinner.
By Chris Henry No matter what level you go on to play at afterwards, there's no doubt about it, schools rugby is special.
By Chris Henry A good few years ago, probably thinking of Neil Back at Leicester Tigers, a seven with the ball in his hands at the back of an Ulster maul was commonplace. I didn't score many tries through my...
By Chris Henry When scrambling for reasons why Ireland's Six Nations has felt so underwhelming to date, a key cause is as simple as the fact that rugby players are human.
By Chris Henry It would have been a great weekend to be a Welshman in Ulster with Warren Gatland's side beating England to keep Irish hopes of another Six Nations title alive and then Cardiff coming from behind to down Edinburgh to give the province's PRO14 play-off hopes another boost.
By Chris Henry I always enjoyed playing with Ian Humphreys as my out-half. He was a player so talented that when you watched him it was akin to seeing the conductor of an orchestra. He was a player who...
By Chris Henry Not for the first time this season, in a close game on Friday night I thought Stuart McCloskey was the difference between the two sides.
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