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Henson Is A Badboy From A Bygone Era

Celeb Bait Should Be Left Out In The Cold

Posted Apr 28, 2011 by Shaun Edwards

Gavin Henson will likely not play again

With all his boyish good looks and a physique that he exhibited for fun on Strictly Come Dancing, you forget that Gavin Henson actually made his debut for his country way back in 2001, and had an immediate positive impact.  However, his self-imposed sabbatical from rugby in 2009 had led many to believe that he would not play for his country again.  Then, at the end of last year, Henson returned, with many expecting him to once again return to being the excellent player he had been for his country previously.

Everything initially seemed to be going well, with Henson having chosen to spend time playing for Toulon alongside the England legend Jonny Wilkinson.  As with any sporting comeback, a good deal of humble pie would need to be consumed, but still only 29 Henson could obviously get the job done.

It will come as a big disappointment to Welsh fans to learnt that Henson’s attitude since moving to the club has been displaying an ‘attitude that has been difficult to manage’ according to his club president Mourad Boudjellal.  Henson is currently suspended by his club for apparently fighting with team-mates following their victory over Toulouse.

Whatever people might say, Rugby has changed.  The players are being given more and more emphasis in the press, which gives them no excuse to not behave in a more responsible manner.  Henson, with his record of misbehaving (he has received multiple bans and reprimands for violent behaviour) does not fit into the sport anymore.

His time at his currently club is done.  With any luck, so will his time in rugby be.

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