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Connacht coach Andre Bell sounds out Henshaw warning

Connacht's backs' coach Andre Bell has warned his players against becoming overly reliant on Robbie Henshaw.

The 21-year-old is coming back into the squad on the back of an excellent first Six Nations campaign for Ireland for this weekend's Challenge Cup quarter-final against Gloucester at Kingsholm.

The centre is the undisputed star of the Westerners' backline, a player who instantly improves manager Pat Lam's options.

"The key thing is that he's only part of the equation and he's got to fit into our system as well," Kiwi coach Bell said.

"Just because he's in there, our players have also got to play their part and not expect him to do everything. I'm sure they will.

"Robbie's joined back up with us in training this week and he's excited to come back into our environment.

"He just has to get himself back up to speed on our moves and with the Connacht way, he's raring to go and we're looking forward to his contribution."

Captain John Muldoon reckons Henshaw is fresh and raring to go.

"He's nice and refreshed, he got a couple of days off and I'm sure he badly needed it, mentally and physically," he said.

"He's a massive player for Connacht, he's done outstandingly well for Ireland and he'll bring a huge boost to us coming back. Robbie is Robbie, he'll fit right back in."

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