Gavin Henson says getting back into the Wales side is driving him at London Welsh
Last Updated: 15/11/12 7:28am
Gavin Henson: Looking to revive his international career
Gavin Henson says getting back into the Wales side is driving him to raise his game at London Welsh.
The 30-year-old starred in the 2005 and 2008 Six Nations Grand Slam-winning team and was also a member of the British Lions team that toured New Zealand seven years ago.
Injuries and loss of form have hampered his progression in recent years, but he is now showing some old spark at London Welsh under old Ospreys mentor Lyn Jones.
"I suppose it is on the back burner but I'd love to try and get back into that Welsh team," Henson said.
"That is the drive I have every day when I go into training I am thinking about trying to get back there.
"Can I do it? I am not sure yet. It is a big task to try and play every week for London Welsh and play at 10 and play consistently well.
"In that respect, I am a million miles off Wales at the moment but I'll just keep going and see what happens."
Henson was included in Wales' pre-2011 World Cup training squad, only for a fractured cheekbone to rule him out. He was also sacked by the Cardiff Blues in April this year over allegations of misbehaviour on a flight.
But with Welsh caretaker coach Robert Howley stating he needs a full season under his belt, Henson added: "I didn't hear that he said that, but that is
exactly how I feel and what I need to do.
"Until that happens then I will not be called upon by Wales whatsoever. I need a full season, to get through it and then we'll see what happens from there.
"My performances are okay. I'd like them to get better but you've got to start
somewhere. I am pretty happy with where I am at training. It is just about transferring all the skills and everything onto the field for 80 minutes.
"I think my performances could get a lot better then but I think I am doing OK at the moment."