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William Iain Henderson (born 21 February 1992) is an Irish professional rugby union player who plays for and captains Ulster and plays nationally for Ireland.[1]

Iain Henderson
Birth nameWilliam Iain Henderson
Date of birth (1992-02-21) 21 February 1992 (age 27)
Place of birthCraigavon, Northern Ireland
Height1.98 m (6 ft 6 in)
Weight117 kg (18.4 st; 258 lb)
SchoolBelfast Royal Academy
UniversityQueen's University Belfast
Rugby union career
Position(s) Lock, Back row
Amateur team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
Queen's University ()
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
2012– Ulster 105 (50)
Correct as of 21 January 2019
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
Ireland U20
Ireland Wolfhounds
British and Irish Lions
Correct as of 10 March 2019


Early lifeEdit

Henderson started his rugby career at Belfast Royal Academy where he excelled at all age levels up to, and including the school's 1st XV when he guided them to the final of the Ulster Schools' Cup in 2010.


Henderson replaced Rory Best as Ulster captain ahead of the 2019–20 season.[2]


Henderson represented Ireland at U19 level and at U20 level. During the time playing for the Ireland U20 side, he assisted in securing fifth place in the 2012 U20 World Championships helping the team beat South Africa, England and France.

Henderson received a call up for the Ireland national rugby union team on 28 October 2012.[3] On 10 November 2012, he made his senior debut for Ireland in the defeat to South Africa in Dublin.[4] Henderson was called up for the Lions in the 2017 British and Irish Lions tour to New Zealand.




  1. ^ "Iain Henderson Ulster Rugby Profile". Ulster Rugby. Retrieved 26 July 2019.
  2. ^ "Henderson announced as Ulster captain". Ulster Rugby. 25 July 2019. Retrieved 26 July 2019.
  3. ^ [1] Additional Players Drafted Into Ireland Squad
  4. ^ "Pressure increases on Declan Kidney as limp second half exposes Ireland's limitations". Irish Independent. 12 November 2012. Retrieved 13 November 2012.
  5. ^ "All 30 of Ireland's Grand Slam contributors rated - but one man comes out on top". Irish Independent. 20 March 2018. Retrieved 22 March 2018.

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