Robbie Henshaw is looking forward to the new season
Ireland international Robbie Henshaw is itching to get going after recovering from injury, according to Connacht head coach Pat Lam.
Centre Henshaw, who hasn't played since the last day of last season, had surgery on a hand injury during the summer.
And he is not available for Connacht's first league game because of the Irish player welfare programme.
But the 21-year-old, who was named in Ireland's 34-man squad for the opening two fixtures of the 2014 RBS 6 Nations Championship, will be available for their second game away to Edinburgh next week along with fellow Ireland international Kieran Marmion.
"He's a lot better, Robbie is ready to go," Lam told the Irish Examiner. "They [Kieran and Robbie] have been training fully with us for a few weeks now so they are itching to get going so he will be ready the following week.
"It would be nice to have them out there but it is just a chance for the others to play and those two will come back the following week."
Round three of the RBS 6 Nations will decide whether teams are challenging for the title or in a scrap to finish in the top half. Never will that be more obvious than in Dublin on Saturday, when Ireland host France.
Tom Tierney's unbeaten Ireland Women side face an acid test of their title credentials on Sunday when defending Women's Six Nations champions France arrive at Donnybrook Stadium desperate to ensure they remain in the title hunt.
James Haskell admits that his six-month lay-off with a toe injury has been the most frustrating period of his career and says he is still dealing with regular pain on his quest to return to full fitness.