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Iain Henderson 'Not Ready' To Become Next Ireland Captain

Iain Henderson 'Not Ready' To Become Next Ireland Captain

Iain Henderson says that he is not yet ready to become captain of the Irish rugby team.

Henderson took over from the retiring Rory Best as Ulster captain last summer. However, while speaking to BBC Radio Ulster's Sportsound Extra Time, the 27-year-old stated that also succeeding Best as Ireland captain is "a step I'm not ready for yet".

"Looking at the other candidates I would be confident that they would be able to do a better job than me at this moment in time," Henderson said.

The leaders that are in the Ireland squad, similar to myself, have played with unbelievable captains in their time and similarly will have learned from a lot of them," he said.

I have every faith in Andy Farrell to make the right decision and I know the right decision will be somebody who we're definitely able to get behind and be able to support.

Hopefully they will feel the leadership from the rest of the squad as I feel from the squad at Ulster.

Just 18 days out from Ireland's first game of this year's Six Nations and new head coach Andy Farrell is yet to name his captain.

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Johnny Sexton is an obvious option, as is Peter O'Mahony. Though, the former is currently injured and the latter not certain of his place in the starting team.

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