Live blog – What to expect from tomorrow’s rugby Sevens clash with France article The Rugby Sevens World Series will begin in a couple of weeks time, with the first Test taking place in France in November.
It’s also the final chance for Ireland to show its quality and form, and while the tournament has produced a number of big names this year, there’s been no player who has shone as much as Robbie Henshaw.
It wasn’t always the case, but Henshay has been a big part of the Irish rugby team since arriving at the club from Glasgow Warriors in 2013.
“I’ve always been very excited about the opportunity to play for Ireland,” he told RTE after the first test.
“I think I’ve been here for two or three years now, so I’ve come here to help the team in terms of my performance, and I think I have done that.”
The former Munster and Ulster scrum-half was named the 2017 European Player of the Year, the most prestigious award for a player from outside Europe.
He made his international debut in the summer of 2019 and has played in nine Tests for Ireland.
Henshot, who has also played for the All Blacks, Munster, Leinster and Wales, has had his best season in 2019 and won the ODI jersey in Ireland’s first test against France.
A number of players in Ireland are also in line for big honours this year including Michael Collins, Robbie Henson, Jamie Heaslip, Rory Best, Sean Cronin, Rory Kostjasyn and Joe Schmidt.
Hensen’s side have won the World Cup, but have lost the European Championship in the process.
However, it’s a different story for Ireland’s No.8.
There are some positives to take away from the series.
The tournament has seen the return of many of the world’s top players, including Sonny Bill Williams, Peter Horne, Stephen Moore and Sean O’Brien.
They’ve also been able to bring back a number from their last World Cup campaigns, including Tommy Bowe and Jack McGrath.
In the end, though, the tournament is only a step in the right direction.
With so many players coming back to the team, the Rugby World Cup has seen a dip in form.
It has also been the biggest ever tournament for Ireland, with six of the teams participating, with seven teams in the top eight.
There’s been a lack of consistency in terms on results, with just one World Cup final appearance and one Six Nations semi-final appearance since 2014.
The next test, against France on November 28, will be the final test for the Irish squad.
It will be their final opportunity to prove themselves, but they’re not expecting any problems.
Rugby’s World Series is set to kick off at 10:30pm on Tuesday, November 21.