That rise culminated with a regular spot on the Lions in Australia in 2001 a tour that marked him down as one of the world's foremost centres. Unfortunately it also marked a period that saw him dogged by injury, injury that continued in one shape or form to deny him a place in Ireland's 2003 RWC squad.
Munster Player Profile:
Name: Rob Henderson
Star Sign: Scorpio.
Place of Birth: Dover
Where and when I first played rugby: Kingston RFC. Under 10.
Other sport that I play now: Golf.
Other Sports I ve Played: Football, Cricket.
Best part of being a pro rugby player: Doing something you love for a living
Worst part of being a pro rugby player: Injuries.
Worst job I ever had: Selling tokens for golf balls at a driving range
Biggest influence on rugby career: Warren Loughlin (personal coach).
Rugby player I admire most: Serge Blanco.
Other sportsperson I admire most: Bob Champion.
Other than Munster the side I would like to have played for: ACT Brumbies
Favourite soccer team: Tottenham.
One rule change to make rugby more attractive: Female "Topless" Referees.
What Career would you have chosen other than rugby? Archaeologist.
Career when rugby career is complete: TV Pundit.
Ireland, excepted, your fancy to win the RWC: Anyone but England.
It s the end of the season and you ve been offered a choice of, All expenses paid week-long one-to-one warm weather clinic with Alan Gaffney.
All expenses paid week long one-to-one warm weather clinic with Jeannifer Lopez.
Your decision and why?
It would have to be A. She may be a woman but he s more craic.