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Barbarians edge out Wales


Isa Nacewa (right)

Isa Nacewa (right)

Isa Nacewa (right)

Gavin Henson's return to international rugby proved a low-key affair as Wales were left stunned by the Barbarians' 31-28 success at the Millennium Stadium.

Centre Henson's first game in Wales colours since the 2009 RBS 6 Nations Championship ended with him being substituted 20 minutes from time, and he could only look on as full-back Isa Nacewa's second try at the ground where he helped Leinster win the Heineken Cup just two weeks ago denied Wales victory.

Fly-half Brock James converted with the game's final kick, and Wales could only reflect on a poor overall performance in an error-strewn encounter.

Henson's most notable contribution was to create an early try for wing George North.

North, his fellow wing Aled Brew, full-back Morgan Stoddart and scrum-half Mike Phillips scored Wales' tries, while Stephen Jones marked his 100th cap - only the second Welshman to achieve that feat after Gareth Thomas - by kicking all four conversions.

But the Barbarians, five points up at half-time, would not go away.

Nacewa (two), lock Joe Tekori, skipper Sergio Parisse and centre Mathieu Bastareaud claimed touchdowns, with Nacewa striking from long range as he capitalised on weak Welsh defence during the closing seconds.

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