Robert Anthony Henshaw was born on 12 June 1993 in Athlone, Ireland. He grew up in the suburb of Coosan and attended Marist College in the town. Henshaw excelled in rugby during his school years and captained the school's rugby team when they won their first Connacht Senior Schools Cup in 35 years. In addition to rugby, Henshaw also played Gaelic football and represented the Athlone senior team at a young age. He comes from a sporting family with a history of involvement in the GAA, and his uncle, David Henshaw, played rugby for Buccaneers and Connacht. Henshaw is also musically talented, playing multiple instruments such as the accordion, fiddle, guitar, and piano.
Connacht: Henshaw began his club career with Connacht, joining their academy ahead of the 2012-13 season. He made his debut for Connacht's senior team on 1 September 2012, playing as an outside centre. Henshaw went on to make several appearances for the team in both the Pro12 and the Heineken Cup. He signed a contract extension with Connacht in November 2013, extending his stay with the club until summer 2016. Henshaw played a vital role in Connacht's historic 2015-16 Pro12 triumph, winning their first-ever major trophy.
Leinster: After the 2015-16 season, Henshaw joined Leinster Rugby. He made his debut for the club on 8 October 2016 and has since become an integral part of their squad. Henshaw helped Leinster win the Champions Cup and PRO14 title during the 2017-18 season.
Ireland U20: Henshaw represented Ireland at various underage levels, including the under-18 and under-19 teams.
Ireland: Henshaw made his debut for the Ireland national team on 16 November 2013, coming off the bench against Australia. He has since become a key player for Ireland, earning numerous caps and making significant contributions. Henshaw scored his first try for Ireland on 1 March 2015 in a Six Nations victory over England. He was included in the Irish squad for the 2015 Rugby World Cup and played in several matches, including the quarter-final against Argentina. Henshaw scored the winning try against New Zealand in November 2016 and was part of the Ireland team that won the Grand Slam in March 2023. He has represented Ireland in multiple Six Nations Championships.
British & Irish Lions: Henshaw was selected for the 2017 British & Irish Lions tour of New Zealand but had to return home early due to an injury. He was named in the squad for the 2021 British & Irish Lions tour to South Africa and started in all three tests against the Springboks.
With a versatile playing style and consistent performances, Robert Anthony Henshaw has established himself as a talented centre for both his club, Leinster, and the Ireland national team.
Ahead of the Rugby World Cup 2023, Henshaw has been named in the squad for Ireland.
|2013 - present|
|2016 - present|
|British & Irish Lions
|2017 - present|
|Marist College Athlone
|2006 - 2012|
|2013 - 2013|
|2012 - 2016|
|2022 - 2023|