Hen­der­son sets sights on All Blacks af­ter South African tour ends in dis­ap­point­ment

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IRE­LAND’S tour of South Africa ended in dis­ap­point­ment on Saturday but sec­ond-row Iain Hen­der­son is tar­get­ing more his­tory in Novem­ber as he sets his sights on New Zealand.

Joe Sch­midt’s side beat the Spring­boks on home soil for the first time in the open­ing Test at New­lands but could not back that up in the sub­se­quent Tests as they came up short by six points at El­lis Park and in Port El­iz­a­beth.

Hen­der­son started all three Tests and ex­pressed his dis­ap­point­ment at com­ing up short af­ter cre­at­ing a host of op­por­tu­ni­ties at the Nel­son Man­dela Bay Sta­dium on Saturday. But the Ul­ster lock al­ready has one eye on the world cham­pi­ons who they face in Chicago on Novem­ber 5, be­fore Steve Hansen’s side come to Dublin two weeks later.

Ire­land have never beaten the All Blacks, but Hen­der­son says the time has come.

“One thing we can take from this is that as a side, even be­ing a young side, we’ve made his­tory once on this tour and there’s no rea­son why we can’t do it again,” he said. “No Ir­ish team has ever beaten the All Blacks and I don’t see any rea­son why we can’t.”

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