Henry eager to help Ireland

Date published: February 18 2016

Ulster flanker Chris Henry hopes to be considered for selection by Ireland for their trip to Twickenham after Sean O’Brien’s injury.

Henry is working his way back from a shoulder issue and hopes to see some action in the PRO12 this weekend with Ulster against the Scarlets to improve his match fitness.

The 31-year-old was a key figure for Ireland during the Rugby World Cup and has featured often in the past for Ireland under Head Coach Joe Schmidt.

Now Henry is hoping his past performances will be enough for Schmidt to consider selecting him against England.

“I don’t know how long Sean is going to be out for, but if there’s a thing about Joe Schmidt, he rewards people who he trusts that haven’t let him down,” Henry told the BBC.

“Tommy O’Donnell hasn’t let Joe down and Rhys Ruddock hasn’t let Joe down, but I hope that he knows I’ve done a job for him in the past and I’m still there.

“It would be an amazing feeling to get back involved with Ireland at some stage.”

He added: ”It’s been a frustrating enough injury, one that has lingered, and now I have to try and get as much game-time as I can.

“I’m not battle hardened. In my position, you need to be in the mix and have those bumps and bruises.

You can’t just throw yourself back in but I’d love to think Joe is watching the game on Sunday.”