Robbie Henshaw Relishing The Chance Of Learning From Felipe Contepomi

The return.

Leinster were dealt a huge blow towards the end of last season when it emerged that Girvan Dempsey would be leaving his role with the Irish province in favour of a move to Bath.

The former Ireland fullback has been key in Leinster’s rise over the last couple of seasons in his role as Attack and Skills coach for the eastern province.

But when his replacement was announced, Leinster fans were no doubt blown away. A return of a legend in Felipe Contepomi, the province’s record points scorer.

His return would be akin to O’Gara coming back to Munster, and it appears he’s already making a huge difference in Dublin ahead of the new season. We recently sat down with Robbie Henshaw who says Contepomi has been a huge asset.

“It’s been great to have Felipe in the group. He’s been really good the last few weeks.” Henshaw told us

“Everyone is excited to have him in.”

“For our group I think he will definitely develop our players – our skills and our plays. It’s really good to have an ex-player and a bit of a legend in the Leinster shirt around.”

For Henshaw personally – he’s relishing the chance of learning from someone who despite being a ten, also played a lot of his rugby at 12 as well.

“For me personally he played a lot at 12. I think for myself and a few other centres he can definitely improve our game on a personal note.” Henshaw added.

“We’ll be working closely with him. We’re looking forward to putting our heads down and rolling up our sleeves and getting to work.”

Robbie Henshaw was speaking to us as Head Coach of Team RugbyLAD who will represent Ireland in this year’s Canterbury Rugby Fit series. Check out the first episode with Pat Divilly teaching the lads some Mental Agility Skills below. You can also download the full training programme here.