IAIN HENDERSON GAVE Joe Schmidt a reminder of his quality in the second row during Ireland’s 29-17 win over Argentina last weekend, excelling in the line-out, carrying effectively and releasing one gorgeous short pass to Dave Kilcoyne late on.
The 22-year-old was winning his 11th cap, as his strength and power continue to grow. Devin Toner and Paul O’Connell may be the first-choice pairing in the second row, but ‘Llama’ [as his teammates refer to him] offers an excellent prospect in the long-term.
His ability to play at blindside flanker makes him an even more useful member of Joe Schmidt’s squad. Henderson will be hoping to make his 12th international appearance in the second Test against the Pumas, where he believes Ireland need to improve.
“We need to get our breakdown right, Argentina rattled us a bit at the breakdown,” said Henderson. “We need to make sure we get a good return on our set piece. If we do those two things, the backs will take care of the rest for us.”