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Following an historic win over Munster in Thomond Park on Saturday night, Connacht have been dealt a major blow. The western province, who are sitting pretty atop the Pro 12 table and Pool 1 of the European Challenge Cup, will have to plan without Robbie Henshaw and Denis Buckley for the coming weeks.

The duo missing is a massive dent to Pat Lam’s side’s chances, but they have thrived in the face of adversity thus far in the year. They have a busy month ahead, with ties against Cardiff, Newcastle (home and away), Ulster and Leinster.

However, this may not be completely detrimental to their chances, considering how they have fared so far this season.

Buckley has had some strong showings at prop, while Henshaw, well what can you say. The Ireland centre has developed into one of the most dangerous midfielders in Europe, and it is little wonder that he is being linked with some of the biggest sides for next season.

This will also be a worry for Ireland coach Joe Schmidt, who will be sweating on Henshaw’s fitness, as the Six Nations will be just around the corner once he returns.

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