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My concussion nightmare, by Ulster star Henderson



All clear: Iain Henderson

All clear: Iain Henderson

All clear: Iain Henderson

Ulster's Iain Henderson has spoken candidly about the concussion he suffered against Munster last week, revealing that he forgot his side's line-out calls in the immediate aftermath of the blow to his head.

The star lock passed his Head Injury Assessments this week, and has therefore been cleared to take the field against Connacht tonight (7.35pm kick-off) but has described the "bizarre" feeling of the injury.

"I just couldn't remember any calls," he said. "I paused for 10 seconds, and I think it was Andy Warwick who asked 'what do you want to call?' and I was just looking at the ground. It was just bizarre, I was lost for words.

"I was standing there, and I remember everyone was looking at the ground and a bit of panic set in because I couldn't think of what to call, so I was like 'just call something simple' and I didn't even know any simple calls.

"I couldn't even think of the simplest lineout call and I was just standing there. Big Al O'Connor said 'I think we'll do this one', and I went into the lineout and still couldn't think of it."

Ahead of tonight's return to action, Henderson added he has had no symptoms since.

"I was well looked after," he said. "I felt completely fine after the game and I kind of felt like saying to them 'do I have to go through all the HIAs protocols?'

"I felt fine and I've been fine through all of them."

Rory Best and Jacob Stockdale will both make their first appearances of the season tonight at Kingspan Stadium having overcome hamstring issues while Dan McFarland is also able to name Marcell Coetzee and John Cooney in the side.

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