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Video: Henshaw eager to set the record straight against Chiefs

Robbie Henshaw is still waiting for his first win of the 2017 Lions Tour and the Ireland centre has every intention of putting that right on Tuesday against the Chiefs.

“To play in red is unbelievable so any chance I get I am going to take it.”

The Ireland centre started the Lions’ narrow defeats to the Blues and the Highlanders in games two and four of the Tour to New Zealand.

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But the Lions arrive in Hamilton for game six full of confidence after a record win over the Maori All Blacks last time out in Rotorua.

And while Henshaw himself admits that selection for the first Test against the All Blacks this weekend now appears a long shot, the man from Athlone cannot wait to pull on the jersey once more.

“We want to right the wrongs from the Highlanders game,” he said.

“We want to be on the winning side always, we are coming here to play and get better as a team. We left a couple of results behind us but hopefully we can improve that and get the win.

“To play in red is unbelievable so any chance I get I am going to take it, to play on a Tuesday or a Saturday does not make a difference.

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“I am just privileged to be involved here and I want to do the best for the boys and everyone in the set up, hopefully my chance will come down the line.

“There is a good bit of excitement around the camp and everyone is looking forward to it.”

Henshaw starts alongside his compatriot Jared Payne in midfield this weekend – as he did against the Blues.

And while Henshaw admits his teammate – who was born in New Zealand – has not been the best Tour guide, their familiarity could be important against an impressive Chiefs side.

“The Chiefs have a good blend of mature and some younger guys in the team,” he added.

“We are going to have our hands full me and Jared in midfield, they have got some good players there so we will have to stay on top of our work and be on our toes all night.

“I have played with him (Payne) once this Tour and with JJ (Joseph) last week and I really enjoyed playing with him.

“I have really enjoyed who I have been paired up with and obviously I know Jared very well and it is great to be back playing with him again.

“For everyone to get this chance again is great and we want to go out and put in a complete performance.”

The first Test against the All Blacks in Auckland is now less than a week away, and Henshaw knows the business end of the Tour needs all the players in the squad to pull together.

“We know we need to get the guys playing on the weekend prepared so the guys playing Tuesday will need to put in a good shift of training to help out the guys on the weekend.

“The coaches have said: You have to stay on your toes’ because you could be picked come the weekend it has been done in previous Tours, people have played on Tuesday and been involved in a Test on the weekend, you can’t bank on anything here.

“That is the challenge mentally, to be prepared because you could be in at the drop of a hat.”

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