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I won't shy away from chance to play at full-back again: Henshaw


Tough loss: Robbie Henshaw after the England game
Tough loss: Robbie Henshaw after the England game

By Cian Tracey

It's going to take more than one tough day at the office for Robbie Henshaw not to put his hand up for selection at full-back again.

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Having waited so long for his chance to impress in a position that many felt he is best suited to, England exploited his lack of game-time during the Six Nations opener.

Prior to the defeat to England, Henshaw's only recent time at full-back came during a Leinster game against Benetton, while the last time he had started at 15 was back in his Connacht days.

As the 25-year-old rightly pointed out, the game has moved on even since those few short years ago, which he learned first hand as England repeatedly kicked the ball in behind Ireland's defence.

"It was a tough game to play in," Henshaw admits. "I hadn't played full-back in a while but it was a great challenge.

"Owen Farrell was pretty exceptional in that game in terms of finding space in behind. I had a lot of running to do in the first half particularly. If I had to go there again, I would say 'Yeah'. I wouldn't mind playing 15 again.

"I will probably be back in the centre with Leinster. But if there is a job that has to be done down the line then I would say, 'Yeah'."

It will be fascinating to see if Schmidt is tempted to have another look at Henshaw at full-back during the World Cup warm-up games.

"It's hard to know, I can only play where ever I am picked," Henshaw smiles, as he ponders the possibility of being asked to wear the number 15 shirt again any time soon.

"Listen, I'd be happy to do it but 12 or 13 is where I have played most of my rugby with Leinster," he says.

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