Leinster centre Robbie Henshaw has said that the squad will be preparing as normal for Sunday's Champions Cup tie with Montpellier and will deal with any disruption as it develops.

Leo Cullen’s side are due to host the French outfit at the RDS Arena this weekend before a trip to Bath next Saturday after the ECPR announced on Friday that the pool stages would be completed as scheduled.

That is due to fresh travel exemptions agreed between France and the UK after a host of Champions Cup and Challenge Cup games were recently postponed due to Covid-19 restrictions.

Doubts have emerged over the Leinster-Montpellier clash after an outbreak of Covid-19 at the French club with their Top14 clash with Toulouse called off last weekend.

Henshaw, who said that the decision to award Montpellier a 28-0 walkover in the reverse fixture in December after a Covid outbreak was "hard to take", believes that all they can do is prepare as if the game is going ahead.

"We know there are discussions happening, we’ll come into training tomorrow and prepare as if there is a game, that’s our mindset," said Henshaw.

"We’ll find out towards the end of the week at probably a similar time to yourselves [the media], maybe a little bit beforehand.

"For us, we’re pretty laser-focussed in terms of building towards this game on Sunday.

"We’ll just go about our normal week and be ready to play."

Henshaw was speaking after being named as the Guinness Rugby Writers of Ireland Men's Player of the Year for 2020/201, Béíbhinn Parsons taking the women's award, and he said that in 2022 he hopes to move his game to the next level particularly when it comes to leadership.

"For me it’s constant improvement, looking at other centres, others players around the world, seeing what bits they’re bringing to the game and what they’re adding to the game," he said.

"That’s key in seeing where I can grow.

"[Wanting to] keep developing leadership as well being one of the older lads now in the backline, bringing that through is going to be key for me.

"There’s a range of things that I can keep improving on, it’s exciting times.

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"It's probably something you have to always work on and it’s essential that you show it when you play.

"Even behind closed doors when something needs to be said, you’re there. It can be uncomfortable to be talking a lot, it certainly wouldn’t be one of my biggest traits, being vocal behind closed doors. It’s a work in [progress] for me.

"I think it’s essential that there are a few different voices within squads, helping the younger generation, helping them along the way is key to development.

"The coaches would always challenge you in that way, to be a leader and to make yourself known in a squad.

"From my experience, when I was younger there was always that core leadership group and a few key voices within the backline and the forwards that would help you along the way.

"For me looking back, that helped me develop when I was younger."

Robbie Henshaw said that November's results leaves them confident for the Six Nations

That leadership will be required not only in the Leinster dressing room but the Irish one too as the Six Nations comes into view with Andy Farrell’s side opening with a home clash with holders Wales on 5 February.

Henshaw said that they would be the treating the tournament like knock-out rugby as they keep one eye on preparations for next year’s Rugby World Cup in France.

"On the back of a very successful November [when Ireland defeated Japan, New Zealand and Argentina], we’ll definitely be up there as near favourites for the Six Nations.

"We’ll have to hit the ground running. It’s a tough first game against Wales and I think it’s France the week after.

"We definitely have a challenge ahead of us but I suppose we have to try and kick on and deal with that pressure that’s going to be applied to us.

"We have huge confidence going into this competition off a good summer series and then a really good November series. There is huge confidence within the group and it’s a taste of where we’re going."

"We have to just go in with a mentality that it’s like knock-out rugby, that’s probably what’s going to be on our minds.

"Similar to a World Cup, you get out of your pool and it’s knock-out rugby – I think that’ll be in our minds, that we’re building towards a World Cup. We haven’t been shy in saying that our goal over the next two years is to build and grow the squad and get everyone ready for what lies ahead."

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