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"He's A Good Cook" - Robbie Henshaw Will Miss Jordi Murphy When He's Gone

"He's A Good Cook" - Robbie Henshaw Will Miss Jordi Murphy When He's Gone

In his sixth year as a professional, Leinster and Ireland's Robbie Henshaw is not sure "where the years have gone".

Having played for Connacht before moving to Leinster, the 33 Ireland caps he has picked up along the way give some idea of how much the 23-year old has already packed into his relatively short career.

As Leinster's Isa Nacewa says, "he's meant to be 26 in my eyes".

That he is managing to pursue so many alternative interests at the same time only serves to confound expectations of what a professional sporting life is like.

Speaking to the Irish Times, Henshaw went into great detail on the loves of his life beyond elite-level rugby; music and food.

As he approaches end of year exams for the Economics and Geography degree he is undertaking in UCD, Henshaw is looking forward to some down time with his family to reacquaint himself with his "other" passions:

We've always been a very close-knit family, taking on music. Playing music [is] a big part of our lives.

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When it comes to Christmas day, Henshaw is expecting a "big gathering", around 60 people:

Granddad cooks a big ham over two days, and my cousin is in the Army so he brings an Army knife and we're let cut away at it.

So we have our ham sandwiches there from midday on, and then we go back to our own family house.

After a bit of time with the family however and Henshaw can't help indulging his other passion; playing music. Recently showcasing his flair for the box-accordion on TG4, it is certain to be a boisterous night on the banks of the Shannon.

For his soon to depart team-mate Jordi Murphy, Henshaw is going to miss having his first roommate in Dublin around - for his cooking if nothing else:

It's sad to see him leave, but I think it's a great move for him.

[He is] very relaxed and very chilled, just as he comes across. And not a bad cook either, I suppose. He did a stuffed peppers with Bolognese meat sauce very well.

Some of Murphy's new Ulster team-mates may be around quick enough so when he moves to the northern province at the end of the season.

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