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Henshaw looking to make his mark at Leinster

Guinness PRO12 Rugby Editor

18 Oct 2016

European Rugby Champions Cup Round 1, RDS Arena, Dublin 15/10/2016
Leinster vs Castres Olympique
Leinster's Robbie Henshaw with Remi Grosso of Castres
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Robbie Henshaw may be pleased with his early Leinster performances, but the former Connacht man claims there is more to come as he settles into life in a blue shirt.

The centre has made two appearances since joining Leo Cullen’s side over the summer, impressing in theGuinness PRO12 inter-provincial win over Munster, and Saturday’s win over Castres Olympique.

However, with the 23-year-old still finding his feet after returning from knee surgery, he is not sure whether he will get more game time ahead of Ireland’s autumn fixtures against the All Blacks, or whether his injury return will continue to be managed.

“I haven’t been told yet but personally I’d probably like to play because there’s two games under the belt now but I’d probably like to get as much game time as I can to prove my fitness in the race to get on the plane for Chicago,” said Henshaw of the clash with New Zealand, in America, next month.

“So yeah, I think having more game time under the belt would definitely benefit me and give me a better chance of hopefully getting on that plane.

“I’m happy enough [with how things have gone] but loads to improve on. There’s a bit of rustiness still there in terms of me but it’s just great to be back and have no issues, thank God.

“I think there’s more to come from us as a unit as well, we had a good performance at the weekend but it kind of got scrappy in parts and that was kind of expected.

“But listen it’s been a good return for me and I’m enjoying being involved in the set-up and just getting the chance to get back out and put together some performances.”

Henshaw formed a formidable partnership with Bundee Aki in the Connacht midfield in recent seasons, with the early signs suggesting his combination with Garry Ringrose will be just as fruitful.

“It’s going great. Myself and Garry have a good relationship now,” he told the42.ie.

“The two of us are still learning which is positive, I suppose. We haven’t been challenged massively yet in the backline.

“I’m learning from him, feeding off him and, I suppose, he’s feeding off me. There’s more to come. You’ll probably see that in the next two weeks.”

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