Gatland pleased with Henson
Returning star named in preliminary World Cup squad
Last Updated: 04/06/11 6:20pm
Henson: Keeping his World Cup dream alive
Gavin Henson moved a step closer to fulfilling his World Cup dream after returning to international rugby in Wales' 31-28 defeat against the Barbarians.
Henson was named in national coach Warren Gatland's preliminary 45-man tournament squad shortly after the end of his first Wales appearance in two years.
The 29-year-old, who had started just three club games this season, put in a steady if not spectacular performance at the Millennium Stadium, but did set up his side's opening try for George North.
Now Gatland is looking forward to continuing working with the former Ospreys star, as he starts the process of trimming his squad down to 30 players by the August 22 deadline.
The Wales boss said: "He looked a bit rusty at times but I thought there were some really nice touches.
"He held his depth well and there was a lovely pass to put George North away for a try and that's the quality he has got.
"There were a couple of (poor) kicks and he knows he is a bit off at the moment - but he showed some nice touches.
"We want to work with him the next few months. He has been good the last few weeks and it's frustrating that every press conference the story is about Gavin.
"Let him play some rugby and work hard and see what shape we can get him in."