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'I absolutely loved it': Iain Henderson on Ireland captaincy and his leadership technique

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Iain Henderson became the 108th player to captain Ireland but was temporarily forced off by a nasty head injury (Brian Lawless/PA)

Iain Henderson became the 108th player to captain Ireland but was temporarily forced off by a nasty head injury (Brian Lawless/PA)

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Centre of attention: Stand-in skipper Iain Henderson speaks to the Ireland players before the clash against France

Centre of attention: Stand-in skipper Iain Henderson speaks to the Ireland players before the clash against France

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Iain Henderson became the 108th player to captain Ireland but was temporarily forced off by a nasty head injury (Brian Lawless/PA)

This weekend's plan was to briefly get home; after all, Iain Henderson turns 29 today but, more importantly, son Freddy's first birthday was yesterday.

Ireland's most recent captain reckoned he'd be back in the squad bubble by this evening after he, wife Suzanne and daughter Lana marked the special occasions though, by the sound of it, he will be returning to camp with an appetite to taste this type of leadership again.

The Ulster skipper - who took over at the Kingspan from a very experienced captain at both provincial and international level, a certain Rory Best - led Ireland for the first time last Sunday in the absence of Johnny Sexton, James Ryan and Peter O'Mahony and even though the result wasn't the desired one, he positively relished his opportunity.


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