Devin Toner Says Ireland Have Finally A New Enforcer
Leinster and Ireland lock Devin Toner says Ireland have a new enforced in the shape of his second-row partner Iain Henderon. The Ulster star had one of his best games for Ireland in recent memory in Saturday’s win over the Springboks, and Toner says he’s finally beginning to fulfil his potential/
Toner sights Henderson bulldozing South African captain Eben Etzebeth as an example of what Henderson is capable of, and says moments like that give Ireland a real lift.
“Iain’s a monster in the gym and a monster on the pitch,” said Toner.
“He’s turned into the enforcer he always had the potential to become.
“When you have someone who is the talisman of Etzebeth, he’s their captain, he’s renowned for being their physical man on the pitch.
“So when you see Hendy stand up to him and get the better of him, it’s amazing. It’s brilliant and it gives your team a real gee-up.”
Toner says the Ulster forward’s brilliance is no surprise, and reckons he’s evolved his game.
“When he was coming through we didn’t call him the man-child for nothing,” he said.
“I’ve known him and played alongside him for a good few years now, and he’s just a special player.
“He’s evolved his game, he’s a line-out caller these days as well.
“He gives confidence to the guys around him. You know he’s going to get over the gainline. You know he’s going to smash them in the tackle.”