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Published: 10:20 | 11/10/16

Henry not giving up on Ireland


Chris Henry believes he still has plenty to offer Ireland and is hopeful he can add to his 24 caps.

Henry has yet to play this season after undergoing shoulder surgery in the summer but the Ulster flanker could make his return before the November internationals.

After missing the 2016 Six Nations through injury, Henry was not selected for the summer tour to South Africa but, while his priority to returning to the Ulster squad, he insists that he is not ruling out playing for Ireland again.

“I’ve got 24 caps for Ireland and I do think there’s more in me. Every player is going to have doubts in their heads but I’ve come back from worse things and bigger setbacks," Henry is quoted as saying in the Irish Examiner.

“I never would have thought I’d get to the World Cup and I got on that squad. In 2014 I didn’t think I was going to feature there (on a winning Six Nations squad) yet I came back and played.

"In our game, there’s always going to be injuries so I don’t think I’ll ever say to Ireland in my mind: ‘Ah, I’ll never get there again’."

Henry is building up the strength in his shoulder to ensure he is ready when he returns to the Ulster pack and he is targeting a comeback ahead of the autumn internationals.

"I’m feeling strong now and starting to lift back to where I was before in the gym. I’m feeling confident but the big test will be whenever I get out there and make my first tackle or my first turnover," he added.

“There are a couple of ‘A’ games coming up and I think three or four weeks is a realistic target. It would be nice to get some rugby before the international break. I’m just desperate to get back out there in that seven jersey.”

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