Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 26 July 2014

Henson named in Toulon squad

Gavin Henson

Gavin Henson has been included in the Toulon squad for Saturday's clash with Montpellier.

The Welshman was available for selection after serving a week-long suspension for a nightclub brawl with team-mates, and is now in line to make just his third appearance since his arrival in February.

Henson joined Toulon for an initial five months to cover for the injured Clement Marienval, hoping to convince head coach Philippe Saint-Andre to give him a new two-year deal as well as revive his Wales career ahead of the World Cup.

He last played for his country in the 2009 RBS 6 Nations before a combination of personal problems and injuries prompted him to take unpaid leave from the Ospreys.

After some reality television appearances, he signed with Saracens to end an 18-month period out of the game but made only four appearances and just one start in four months at the club.

The 29-year-old was initially hampered by a hamstring injury on his arrival in France, but made a try-scoring debut against Stade Francais and made his second start in another victory over Toulouse.

He will now see out the season with Toulon but will have to wait to see whether a new deal is forthcoming, with the signing of Australia star Matt Giteau in addition to the established presence of England's Jonny Wilkinson leaving Saint-Andre uncertain whether he can accommodate Henson next term.

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