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IRFU statement: Contract extension agreed with Iain Henderson

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Ireland lock Iain Henderson has signed a two-year contract extension with the IRFU. The Irish union said that the 31-year-old Henderson’s deal will keep him at Ulster until the end of the 2024/25 campaign.

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He has won 71 caps and was part of last season’s Guinness Six Nations Grand Slam campaign following previous title successes in 2014, 2015, and 2018. He is now part of the 42-strong squad in training for the upcoming Rugby World Cup in France.

“Iain has developed into an important leader within both the Ireland and Ulster environments, and we are delighted to have ensured that he continues his career in Ireland,” said IRFU performance director David Nucifora. “I have no doubt that he will continue to add positively to both environments in the months and years to come.”

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Henderson added: “I am delighted to sign with the IRFU and Ulster for another two seasons and look forward to continuing my journey in Ireland.

“It’s an incredible honour pulling on my provincial and international colours and I believe that there is more to come as we look to build in the months ahead.”

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Turlough 4 hours ago
Jean de Villiers' three word response to 'best in the world' debate

This ‘raging’ debate is only happenning in media circles and has never been a topic in Ireland (although SA media are interested). It makes the media companies money I guess. SA are RWC champions and #1 ranked team although Ireland are back within a point there. The facts point to SA. For a lot of 2021 France beat ALL their rivals and Ireland similar in 2022-2023. It is not wrong to say that on such form either can be deemed to be the current best team if they have beaten all their rivals and ranked #1. The ‘have to have won a world cup’ stipulation is nonsense. The world cup draw and scheduling has been tailored to the traditional big teams since the start. The scheduling also which sees the big teams sheltered from playing a hard pool match the week before has also been a constant. It is extraordinary that for example France have made so many finals. Ireland who were realistically only contenders in 2023 were in a Pool with two other top 5 teams and had to play one of them 7 days before a quarter final against France or New Zealand. Always going to be a coin toss. Scotland’s situation was worse. New Zealand had great chances in 1995, 1999, 2007 but they could not win a tight RWC match. The first tight match they ever won was versus France in the 2011 final, literally they lost every other tight match before that. Some of those NZ teams around that era were #1 surely?

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