Irish blow for Iain Henderson ahead of All Blacks showdown
Iain Henderson's shoulder injury has once again ruled him out of Ireland action after Joe Schmidt named his team for tomorrow's meeting with Canada at the Aviva Stadium.
The Ulsterman missed the historic win over New Zealand in Chicago last weekend with a problem picked up in Champions Cup action for his province, but according to Schmidt he had trained well throughout the week at the team's base in Carton House.
"It would be too much of a risk for Iain because if he took a knock he may miss two weeks and now he will have a week of full training," said the head coach.
While that would put Henderson in line for a return in next week's re-match with the world champions, he will have had no rugby for almost a full month by the time that fixture rolls around.
With Schmidt making 15 changes to his starting line-up for this weekend, there will again be three Ulstermen in the side.
Captain Rory Best, Andrew Trimble and Jared Payne are all rested with next week's clash in mind but Paddy Jackson, Luke Marshall and Craig Gilroy will start.