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Henson hopes Wales' poor form opens door for comeback
Posted Nov 30, 2010 by Jeff Dawson
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Wales struggled during the Autumn Tests and this has prompted Gavin Henson to say he feels he has a chance of returning to the team for the Six Nations – but does he?
The centre has spent 20 months out of the game but he feels his nation’s poor form that saw them fail to win a single match has left the door open for a return to the international fold.
While he was ripping up the dancefloor on Strictly Come Dancing, his Wales teammates were losing to Australia, South Africa and New Zealand and struggling to a draw with minnows, Fiji.
His commitments to the charity dance show mean that he is unlikely to play competitive rugby before the New Year but Wales coach Warren Gatland has left the door open for a return in the Six Nations if he can prove his form and fitness for new club Saracens before then.
Henson is hoping to switch to fly-half on his return to the game and he is please that he is in his national coach’s mind. He told the BBC: “It’s nice he’s thinking about me. Hopefully that’s the plan. Obviously I’m with Saracens now so I’m doing my rugby training as well. I’m feeling good. I’m not too far off the pace so before the end of the year I should be playing and hopefully get a couple of games in before the Six Nations. And I suppose the boys haven’t done too well so I’ve probably got a good chance of getting back in there.”
Wales certainly missed his skill and ability in the centre of the park during the Autumn Tests and there is no doubting his ability. But the big question is going to be – can he get back to the levels that propelled him to stardom before this self-enforced break?
I think it’s going to take so much hard work and belief to get back to those standards but he’s not lacking in the latter and I won’t be writing him off. He could be the piece of the jigsaw that’s been missing for Wales recently and his presence may well make them the force so many tipped them to be in the coming Six Nations.
Only time will tell, but I believe we will see the best of Gavin Henson again and he will be a catalyst for a Welsh resurgence to form.