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Wedding bells toll for Lion Henderson

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 13/06/2017 By Nick Purewal

Iain Henderson's six weeks in New Zealand with the British and Irish Lions must surely top the list of unorthodox stag dos.

The Ireland lock is busy helping Warren Gatland's Lions gear up for the three-Test series against the All Blacks that starts on June 24.

The Lions' final tour clash will come against New Zealand in Auckland on July 8 - and then Henderson will start a mad dash back to Belfast in time for his wedding.

The 25-year-old will not get back home until July 12, just two days before he marries fiancee Suzanne Flanagan, his former Belfast Royal Academy school friend.

"I think the Ulster boys are getting back in to Belfast at about 8pm on July 12 and I'm getting married at noon on July 14," said Henderson, who will start for the Lions against the Highlanders on Tuesday.

"I've somehow managed to cut that as fine as possible. As far as I'm aware all the wedding planning is going very smoothly.

"Outside of that I'm glad to be sleeping during day-time hours at home so I don't have to worry about any of that!"

And what plans do the future Mr and Mrs Henderson have cooked up for the honeymoon? That's right, another long-haul flight.

"It will definitely be tight enough getting back home jet-lagged and then going on honeymoon over to Singapore," said Henderson.

"So that week between the 12th and 16th will definitely be sleepless.

"I don't know whether I'll be tired or not. I'll have to just wait and see how that comes, and hopefully it will all work out fine."

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