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Hanks: We haven't signed Henson

Wasps director of rugby Tony Hanks reiterated that on-leave Wales centre Gavin Henson has not signed for the club following their 29-17 Aviva Premiership defeat at Newcastle on Friday night.

It was reported in a national newspaper on Friday morning that Henson, who has not played since March 2009 after suffering an ankle injury and then going on indefinite unpaid leave from the Ospreys, would join the Londoners once he had finished his commitments with the BBC's Strictly Come Dancing programme.

Wasps quickly released a statement categorically denying the report, and the Ospreys then released their own statement saying the 28-year-old, with 31 caps to his name, had indicated to them that he did not wish to leave the region.

When questioned about Henson, Hanks said: "Did you guys not get the statement (on Friday morning)?

"That was straight from the horse's mouth. Gavin Henson as far as I am aware gets linked to us, as every Welsh player does.

"I understand he is doing some dancing or something, but we haven't signed Gavin Henson."

The former Waikato boss was more forthcoming about his side's defeat, although he was less than happy with the manner of a performance that saw them throw away a 17-3 lead to lose at Kingston Park.

"We didn't look after the ball, simple as that," added Hanks. "Every time we had the ball or got in a position to do something we dropped it, and then we came under pressure and gave away some soft penalties. (Jimmy) Gopperth had his kicking boots on and they built a score and deserved the win."

Newcastle head coach Alan Tait said afterwards: "I was nearly getting in my car after 10 minutes. The positive side is we fought back. We gifted them 14 points and for the team to come back against Wasps was great. But there were signs in that first half that our energy levels were there.

"To give a start to a team like Wasps and fight back like that was superb, and I have told them they need to believe in themselves more."

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