LISTEN: Joe Schmidt: Iain Henderson has come a long way in a few years

By Grainne McGuinness and Shaun Cronin

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt praised the performance and work ethic of Ulster’s Iain Henderson after yesterday’s win against Canada in Cardiff.

Henderson was handed a place in the second row ahead of Devin Toner and rewarded Schmidt’s faith with a strong performance.

“His ability to carry and get over the gain line is a big plus for us, particularly as players start to tire in the opposition,” Schmidt said in his post-match interview. “Even when they’re not tired he’s still a bit of a handful.”

Schmidt also highlighted Henderson’s defensive performance.

“He did really well today, he also gets through a fair bit of defensive work too. His tackle count was right up there as well. I felt his contribution was very solid for us.”

Fellow Ulsterman Rory Best described Henderson as having “limitless potential” and Ireland’s coach agreed that the 23-year-old was becoming an integral part of the Irish team.

“You've got to look how far he has come in the last couple of years,” he said “He has been a member of our Six Nations squad for the past couple of years and has contributed massively in those squads.”

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