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Rugby World Cup: Chris Henry vows to sweat blood for Ireland legend Paul O'Connell

By Jonathan Bradly

Chris Henry issued a blood, sweat and tears promise as legendary Ireland captain Paul O'Connell was forced to leave the World Cup and international stage through injury.

Henry shed blood in the pool game win over Romania (main picture) and then tears at O'Connell's inspirational pre-match battle-cry ahead of last Sunday's victory over France.

And now he has vowed to sweat in a quarter-final win over Argentina in Cardiff this Sunday in tribute to O'Connell and his other injured team-mates.

Peter O'Mahony will also miss the rest of the World Cup with a knee problem, joining Henry's Ulster team-mate Jared Payne on the sidelines.

And Sean O'Brien will miss out on Ireland's bid for a first ever semi-final appearance after receiving a one week ban last night for striking France's Pascal Pape.

O'Brien had a two-week suspension halved due to his remorse after a lengthy disciplinary hearing.

"They were playing unbelievably and that's the heartbreaking thing," said the Ulster flanker of O'Connell and O'Mahony.

"And if we can use that as any extra motivation, if it can give us just one per cent more in terms of performance, then we'll try.

"We want to do it for those players, they've given so much, not just in the last five weeks, but in the last decade. So it would be incredible to do something special for Paul and Pete."

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