Ireland lock Henderson receiving support in injury recovery
13 September 2014 15:53pm
Iain Henderson has been ruled out with a hip injury
Iain Henderson's start to the new season may have been denied by a hip injury but he's not short of support on his road to recovery - Ulster teammate Stuart Olding vowing to do all he can for the Ireland lock.
Henderson has enjoyed a fine past 12 months, appearing four times as Ireland won the RBS 6 Nations this year, while Olding spent much of last season nursing his way back from a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament.
Centre Olding, who made his one and only Ireland appearance during the 2013 summer tour to America, is now back fully fit and is determined to support Henderson just like he did in his own recovery from injury.
Henderson is a doubt for Ireland's autumn campaign after it was revealed he needs an operation on his injured hip and Olding told the Belfast Telegraph: "Ten months was a long time out but, to be honest, it has flown in because I've just been so keen to get back.
"He looked after me in my first few weeks so I'll now try to repay the favour. He would come in after training and say 'I was soaked out on the pitch' and I'd say 'I was dry in the gym all by myself'. Iain was very good to me and it's absolutely terrible that this has happened to him."
Ireland Women's skipper Niamh Briggs is still relishing her role as skipper in this year's Women's Six Nations, and insists the new blood brought in for the Championship has given her team a new lease of life.