Henry driven on by 2011 frustration

Date published: August 4 2015

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Ireland flanker Chris Henry is itching for a crack at this year's Rugby World Cup after missing out in 2011.

The Ulster back-rower missed out on selection for New Zealand four years ago and wasn't called up as an injury replacement unlike other players, giving him an extra incentive to make this year's tournament in England.

"When David Wallace got injured it was Shane Jennings who was brought out," Henry told the Belfast Telegraph.

"Then, when Jamie (Heaslip) was an injury doubt, it was Kevin McLaughlin who was going to be selected, so I was left gutted.

"I feel my game has come on massively in the last four years and I'd be lying if I said the World Cup hasn't been a goal."

Henry was on track to feature for Ireland last November but suffered a mini-stroke just hours before kick-off against South Africa and required minor heart surgery.

Thankfully the Ulster flanker has made a full recovery and is right in contention for a place in Ireland's final 31-man squad for the World Cup.

Henry hopes to get a chance to impress against Wales this weekend but insists that any player selected won't be getting ahead of themselves.

"The bottom line is a closed roof in Cardiff and a full house is a special thing in itself to be involved in," added Henry.

"That's the way any player who gets a run-out will be approaching it."

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