Henson eyes homecoming

Welsh star wants World Cup bow and return to Ospreys

Last Updated: 05/08/11 5:24pm

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Henson: Hoping for Ospreys return

Henson: Hoping for Ospreys return

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Gavin Henson would like to return to Wales to play for the Ospreys after the World Cup, after admitting his move to Saracens was a big mistake.

The Welshman returned from his 18-month break from rugby with the English side, but that move did not work out and he quickly moved on to French side Toulon.

His stay in France was also cut short after some disciplinary problems, and Henson now says that he wants to return to Wales following the World Cup.

The 29-year-old is in the Wales squad, although he did not make the party for this weekend's World Cup warm-up game against England.

Henson says that after the tournament in New Zealand he would like to return to his former side Ospreys - if they will have him.

"Me and Joe Van Niekerk, from day one, since I had been there he was my closest friend at the club. We didn't do it in public, we went down the beach, we went down there together and we sorted it out man to man and that was the end of that really."
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"Well I want to come back to Wales because of my kids," Henson told Blokely magazine.

"I'm just waiting to see what happens with the Welsh rugby, how I get on and whether I go to the World Cup or not and as soon as that comes to an end, whether that's soon or after the World Cup, I will get employment.

Mistake

"Hopefully that will be the Ospreys if they will have me back but I will have to wait and see."

He added: "I think it probably wasn't a great decision going to Saracens. I don't want to be a part-time player. So I didn't like the feel of it there and then suddenly I had an opportunity then to go to Toulon."

Despite all the reports of Henson being involved in a brawl and criticising Jonny Wilkinson, Henson insists the England fly-half was not involved.

"Jonny wasn't even out," he added. "So no, nothing to do with Jonny Wilkinson. No it was plain that this individual thought I'd said something about Joe Van Niekerk.

"Me and Joe Van Niekerk, from day one, since I had been there he was my closest friend at the club. We didn't do it in public, we went down the beach, we went down there together and we sorted it out man to man and that was the end of that really.

"We both went our separate ways but carried on and still had a good night but then it obviously got back to the club and the press managed to get hold of it and you know what the press are like. They blew it out of all proportion and then suddenly it was an issue for the club to deal with."

World Cup hope

Henson is now looking to get his rugby career back on track, and would love to do that by impressing at the World Cup - providing he makes it into Warren Gatland's final squad.

Short stay in Toulon

"I haven't been to a World Cup...It will be a huge thing if I manage to get on it and I want to get on it so badly," he said.

"After being out of the game and watching the Welsh team I can see the talent is there, the youngsters coming through are unbelievable.

"I am actually spending time with these guys now and seeing them day to day, they are special. Young, a little bit naive you know, haven't quite got the game experience yet but unbelievable athletes, unbelievable and with the right mix of experience in these youngsters, I think Wales have an incredible chance.

"We have a horrible group, it's a tough group. We've got the two island teams, you know, Western Samoa and Fiji and South Africa.

"We haven't got a good record against Western Samoa and Fiji so we are in a hell of a group, but I think if we pull that off then I think we can really cause a surprise and that's why I want to be part of it. I don't want to miss out on that."

The full interview can be read in Blokely, www.blokely.com.

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