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Why Iain Henderson Is The Next Great Hero Of Irish Rugby

Why Iain Henderson Is The Next Great Hero Of Irish Rugby
By Mikey Traynor Updated

Wherever you watched the match this past weekend, someone was probably in your ear harping on about how much of a beast Iain Henderson is.

And with good reason, the Ulsterman's beastliness is undoubted, and his performance in Ireland's 50-7 win over Canada gave a number of examples as to why as he never once failed to cross the gainline, often taking four or five Canadians with him, and put in a number of crunching tackles, but this wasn't a surprise by any means.

For some time now Henderson has been rising in the estimations of Irish rugby fans, and now we bring you the reasons why the forward is set to follow in the footsteps of the likes of Sean O'Brien and Paul O'Connell, who delight the country with their immense physicality.

He's got that unique Irishness about him.

On first glance he could be that big awkward fella on a J1 in San Diego, but then you realise he's actually one of the strongest players in the Irish rugby squad. You know he knows his way around a farm as well, we like that in our athletes.

He is actually incapable of losing ground with ball in hand

Once he gets going you'll need all hands on deck to bring him down.

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And yet he still looks like a bloke who's running for your collage's student union

"A vote for me is a vote to give the students of this college a voice.. And also cans for sale in the SU pub."

Men want to be him, women want to be with him

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He's handsome, but not in that "in-your-face handsome" way - like Tommy Bowe or Conor Murray - it's more of a rugged-handsomeness. He's the type of guy that female American tourists dream about falling in love with and making a crap rom-com about while they visit the Blarney Stone. And he's an international rugby player.

He hits rucks like a runaway train

These poor Canadians are about to get "Hendo'd".

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He's the strong silent type...

You don't hear much out of him. He's a humble fella.

But when you do hear from him, he comes out with stuff like this:

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#Wisdom.

He's turning into a try-scoring machine

Anytime the Irish pack are in the vicinity of the opposing try-line, you have full confidence that Iain will charge over.

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He can cover a few different positions

Second-Row? Check.
Flanker? Check.
Number Eight? Check.
First centre for the crash ball? Why the feck not?!

He's just a damn fine rugby player

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And that's it really. Iain Henderson is here to stay.

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