Ireland lock Iain Henderson came through a training game against Ulster at the Sport Ireland Campus in Dublin unscathed on Sunday, and the Ulster captain is poised to line up for Andy Farrell's side when they face Wales in their Guinness Six Nations opener against Wales on this weekend. 

Henderson has been sidelined since suffering knee ligament damage in the Autumn Nations Cup win over Scotland in December, but is approaching full fitness ahead of the Millennium Stadium encounter on Sunday afternoon (kick-off 3pm). 

"A massive thanks to all the physio staff and doctors who have got me back to where I am now," he told the IRFU's official website. 

"It's been a tough number of weeks but we’ve been rattling away at it, taking it session by session, and it was good to get a big hit out there against Ulster."

Henderson is out of contract at the end of this season, but his Ireland and Ulster future are set to be resolved imminently, with the 28-year-old poised to put pen to paper on a new two-year deal. 

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