Robbie Henshaw On Teaming Back Up With Bundee Aki In The Centre
Robbie Henshaw and Bundee Aki could be back in the centre together before long on international duty with Ireland.
Aki recently pledged his allegiance to Joe Schmidt’s side, attending a training camp in Dublin. With Garry Ringrose out of action until December, we could potentially see a Henshaw/Aki partnership for Ireland in November, with the Leinster man expected to be back fit in the coming weeks after 12 weeks out with a shoulder injury picked up while on Lions duty.
Henshaw says he’s looking forward to having him on board.
“It’s a bit down the road, but listen, it’s great to have him in there,” Henshaw said this week.
“I know he was always kind of hemming and hawing about what he was going to do, and he was unsure, but I think he’s really settled now.
“It’ll be great to have him there because he is a world class player and I think he’d add value to the group as well. I’m really looking forward to having him in and hopefully he gets a run out.”
Legendary All Blacks captain Richie McCaw reckons the All Blacks made a mistake letting him leave their system for Connacht back in 2014, and Henshaw tends to agree with the two-time Rugby World Cup winner.
“Yeah, they probably did [make a mistake].” Henshaw added.
“I know there was a bit of stir back there and I think Richie McCaw mentioned that they let him go a bit easily. But yeah, I think comparing him to the other centres back there he’s well able to punch above his weight.
“His voice on the pitch is really good, and his knowledge of the game, his vision. He’s not just a straight line runner or a bash-it-up player, he’s well able to distribute and put guys into space.
“I suppose his off-loading game and his game of being able to pull something out of nothing, that’s where he’s most dangerous.”