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Ireland U20s and Connacht must plan without Henshaw

Story by Tom Kelly

Thursday, 21st February, 2013 1:12pm

Ireland U20s and Connacht must plan without Henshaw

Robbie Henshaw ... seen here in action for the Ireland Wolfhounds against the England Saxons. Photo: inpho.

By Kieran Galvin

Both the Ireland U20s and the Connacht senior team must plan without Robbie Henshaw for their fixtures this Friday night - as the Athlone man remains with the Ireland senior camp.

Henshaw was named in the 29-strong Ireland camp ahead of this Sunday's RBS Six Nations Championship clash against Scotland in Murrayfield. And while Henshaw has not been included in the 23-man match-day squad, the 19-year-old has remained with the extended panel.

Connacht face Cardiff tomorrow night (Friday) in Round 16 of the RaboDirect PRO12 league at Arms Park (kick off 7:30pm), and there are four changes to the team that beat Ospreys last week.

With Henshaw remaining with the Ireland senior camp, fit-again skipper Gavin Duffy will start at full back. Fetu'u Vainikolo is named on the wing, replacing Tiernan O'Halloran who suffered a knee injury against Ospreys.

Centres Dave McSharry (groin) and Kyle Tonetti (shoulder) are both unavailable, so 27-year-old Brian Murphy will start at inside centre. There is just one change in the pack with Andrew Browne replacing Mick Kearney in the second row.

Meanwhile, Darragh Leader comes into the Ireland U20 side at full-back in place of Henshaw, who made his Ireland U20 debut in the narrow win over England at Dubarry Park, Athlone, on February 8.

Mike Ruddock's Ireland charges will take on their Scottish counterparts at Netherdale on Friday evening (kick-off 7.30pm).

Ireland's other home game in the U20 Six Nations Championship will also be played at Dubarry Park on Friday, March 8.

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