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Published: 13:07 | 20/2/16

Henshaw fears letting Connacht down

Robbie Henshaw worries that he has "let a few people down in Connacht" by his decision to join Leinster at the end of the season.

The 22-year-old confirmed on Tuesday that he will will see out the remainder of his contract with Connacht before joining Leinster on a three-year deal during the summer.

Henshaw says he needs a new challenge after four years in Galway, but admits he fears disappointing the Connacht fans with his decision to leave.

"I was an extremely tough decision for me," he said.

"There's been a lot of lost sleep over it and it wasn’t an easy decision at all. It was very close in the end.

"Obviously I’ve been saying to myself that I’ve let a few people down in Connacht.

"But it’s a new challenge for me and I really want to thank everybody in Connacht because they’ve invested a lot in me for the last four years. The fans, Pat Lam, Eric Elwood, Nigel Carolan. It’s just been unbelievable for me and they got me to the next level."

The Ireland centre insists that the decision to leave was his own, and not forced on him by the Irish Rugby Football Union [IRFU].

"Obviously I’m completely committed to Connacht for the rest of the season and we have a massive opportunity to achieve silverware and to achieve a top-six finish and get into the main European stage next year," he continued.

“For myself, it was just a couple of personal things. My girlfriend is in Dublin and I have family in Dublin, so there’s that. I just feel it’s a new stage for me, a complete change for my career. There’s nothing negative at all, it’s just what’s best for Robbie Henshaw, that’s the reason."

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