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