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Robbie Henshaw to move as Connacht confirm exit

By Ruahdri O'Connor

Yesterday would have played out over and over in Robbie Henshaw's mind as he weighed up whether leaving Connacht for Leinster was the right move.

Yesterday's statement from the western province confirmed that they will lose their prized asset at the age of 22 and, while there was no mention of his destination, he is expected to join Leo Cullen's men next season.

The Ireland centre has been in demand for some time. He turned down advances from all three rival provinces when he last put pen to paper on a two-year deal with the westerners in 2014 and even during the first 12 months of that term he faced questions about a move to Leinster at the end of last season.

That didn't come to pass, but despite the feeling that the move has been inevitable the reality is that the player, his family and his advisors have been torn over whether this is the right decision

Connacht's loss is undoubtedly Leinster's gain and the player has taken the less romantic path, but it's his career and that should be respected.

Before he departs, he will be even more determined than ever to contribute to a historic season for his home province with Challenge Cup and Pro12 honours to fight for. Leaving won't be easy, but doing so on a high would help ease the burden.

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