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RaboDirect Pro12: Henson in Blues first as Knights get Heaney

By Michael Sadlier

Gavin Henson is due to make his Cardiff Blues debut in tomorrow night's Pro12 League clash against Newport Gwent Dragons.

Henson has been selected at full-back for the game at Cardiff City Stadium.

The 29-year-old former Ospreys, Saracens and Toulon back has taken on a short-term deal with the Blues, although his introduction was delayed while he recovered from yet another injury.

Henson had appeared on course to make Wales' World Cup squad, but a wrist injury suffered in a tournament warm-up Test against England four months ago dashed those hopes.

Henson admits the last couple of years have been hard to deal with but he now wants to prove his doubters wrong by earning a longer-term deal.

“I'm incredibly grateful to the Blues for giving me a chance, it's kind of like a trial thing until the end of the season,” he said.

“So I'll be going all-out all season to try and get another contract with them.

“Everyone knows I've been a little bit injury-prone over the last four or five years, so I'm not much of a signing to anyone — so I’m very grateful the Blues gave me a chance. It's up to me now to repay that,” Henson added.

Meanwhile, former Ulster Academy player Michael Heaney has signed for English Championship side Doncaster Knights.

Scrum half Heaney, who has been regularly togging out for Belfast Harlequins, will be with the Knights until the end of the season.

The 21-year-old who played for the Ireland U-20s side which won the Six Nations title in 2010 is a versatile player and an accurate placekicker though with Ian Porter and Blane McIlroy ahead of him in the pecking order, Heaney’s hopes of a future within the Ulster set up had stalled after his Academy release.

He will now be joining fellow Ulster exiles David McIlwaine and David Bradford at the Yorkshire club.

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