Henshaw: ‘Communication needs to improve’

Date published: February 7 2017

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Ireland centre Robbie Henshaw highlighted that his side's communication in attack and defence suffered without Johnny Sexton against Scotland.

Paddy Jackson started at fly-half for Ireland at Murrayfield, while Henshaw's regular midfield partner for the national side, Jared Payne, was also sidelined as Garry Ringrose won his fourth cap.

Scotland opened a significant early lead in the opening game of the Six Nations and despite Ireland fighting their way back into the lead in the second half, it wasn't to be.

And looking back on where Ireland can improve, Henshaw knows that he, Jackson and Ringrose must also continue to develop their communiation skills in Ireland's backline.

"Communication is a massive factor in our defence and attack. Without it we"d be lost," said Henshaw.

"For us on the weekend our communication could have been better.

"Johnny and Jared have been around a while and are masters at it whereas a fewer of the younger guys, myself and Garry and Paddy are still growing our voice."

Henshaw also spoke highly of Ringrose's talent, with the two Leinster team-mates viewed as Ireland's long-term centre partnership in the years to come.

"It [outside centre] is a big responsibility but he's a class footballer," Henshaw added.

"He's well able to deal with it and he showed in the second half his defence is top class. There are no doubts there.

"We grew into the game. We fixed our defence and attacked flatter in the second half. I felt it was a different game for us in the second half. If we go into this weekend with the mindset of how we attacked that second half, we will benefit a lot better."