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Iain Henderson: I'm ready to step into World Cup breach

Ulster star will take on Paul O'Connell's role in Irish World Cup injury crisis

By Jonathan Bradley

Ulster's Iain Henderson insists he will be his own man, not the new Paul O'Connell, as he prepares to step in for the injured Ireland captain in next Sunday's World Cup quarter-final against Argentina, back in Cardiff.

O'Connell's World Cup and Test career look to be over as the most serious casualty of a litany of Irish injuries in yesterday's pool-clinching 24-9 victory over France at the Millennium stadium.

O'Connell, who moves to Toulon after the tournament, quitting international rugby, injured a hamstring. Jonathan Sexton and Peter O'Mahony also went off but are less serious doubts for the Argentina game.

Rising star Henderson replaced O'Connell yesterday, and is sure to start back in Cardiff next weekend regardless, but stressed he will be looking to put his own mark on proceedings.

"I'm trying to create something of my own rather than just stepping in and doing something that someone else did," he said.

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