Tyrone Howe: Any club would be mad to sign up to Henson pantomime
Published 21/04/2011 | 08:00
The latest chapter in Gavin Henson’s rugby life sounds like the chorus in the musical Annie Get Your Gun.
Whatever his English counterpart Danny Cipriani seems to get up to, Henson’s response seems to be – ‘Anything you can do I can do better, I can do anything better than you’.
Moves that have taken the former Ospreys player from Wales to London and then to the south of France, look set to continue as the ‘Littlest Hobo’ of rugby may well have to pack up and move on once again.
If the reports are true and Henson was involved in a fight with a Toulon teammate, it would go against everything that coach Philippe Saint Andre, and multimillionaire backer Mourad Boudjallal, are trying to build.
A galaxy of stars and an extravagance of egos are hard enough to manage without the potentially divisive influence that Henson can bring. If the Welsh player is forced to leave, one wonders which club will take him on. Increasingly, he is damaged goods and a club would either be desperate, mad or have more money than sense to sign him.
Above all, Henson has to prove himself on the field, and to be fair to the English enfant terrible, at least Cipriani is playing regular rugby and contributing to the collective effort over with the Melbourne Rebels.
Maybe London will provide a haven within the Wasps environment — Henson could swap notes with the other Welsh stray Andy Powell, who has also been suspended for scrapping in a London pub.
Joking aside, with his well-documented desire for an international return, the Welsh association is strong through coach Shaun Edwards, and the club is desperate for players.
Whatever happens, this latest incident may cut off Henson’s own French connection.