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Andy Farrell backs ‘world-class’ Robbie Henshaw to impress against Argentina

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Andy Farrell on Robbie Henshaw.

Andy Farrell has backed “world-class” Robbie Henshaw to seamlessly slot back into Ireland’s team for Sunday’s autumn finale against Argentina in Dublin.

Leinster centre Henshaw has not played a minute of rugby since being ever-present in the British and Irish Lions’ series defeat to South Africa in the summer after suffering a foot injury in pre-season.

The 28-year-old is one of four changes to Farrell’s starting XV following last weekend’s momentous win over New Zealand, with Conor Murray and Joey Carbery selected as the half-back pairing and Robert Baloucoune named on the right flank.

Robbie Henshaw.

Henshaw will start alongside provincial team-mate Garry Ringrose in midfield, with fellow Lion Bundee Aki given a weekend off due to a couple of knocks.

“In my experience, world-class players they generally can come back in without much game time and they will just be themselves,” said Farrell.

“Robbie, in my opinion, is exactly that. He’s been in and around camp over the last few weeks. He’s been back fully training now for 10 days.

“He’s looked great in training today, he’s going to add to the performance, I’m sure.”

Ireland v Argentina.

Ireland are seeking to finish 2021 in style by securing an eighth consecutive victory on the back of the  statement 29-20 success over the All Blacks.

With captain Johnny Sexton suffering knee and ankle injuries against the Kiwis and scrum-half Jamison Gisbon-Park joining him in the treatment room, Munster team-mates Murray and Carbery will begin a Test match together for only the second time.

Scrum-half Murray – who, like Henshaw, toured with Warren Gatland’s Lions – has not started for Ireland since the Six Nations win over England in March and been forced to remain patient during the past fortnight.

Farrell praised the attitude of the 32-year-old and believes there is “competition all over Ireland” for the number nine role.

“Honestly, Conor has been great,” said Farrell.

“He has been fantastic in camp. He has just got on with his business in a very professional manner and been very supportive of Jamison, helping the team push forward.

“He gets a chance to play and like everyone taking to the field, they’re all looking to put their best foot forward.

“It isn’t just those two. I’m sure Craig (Casey) has something to say about that as well and Caolin Blade; Luke McGrath has come back in as well, so we’ve got great competition all over Ireland in that position.”

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