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Six Nations elbow awaits centre

By Ben Blackmore.   Last Updated: 19/12/05 5:37pm

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Gavin Henson's worst fears have been confirmed after he was cited for an elbow charge towards Alejandro Moreno of Leicester Tigers.

The act of aggression came in response to an initial swing of the arm from Moreno, and now Henson faces the very real prospect of being suspended for Wales' Six Nations Championship opener with England on February 4.

Ospreys' talented centre produced the unforgettable penalty that provided the springboard for Wales' 2005 triumph over Andy Robinson's men, which eventually ended in Grand Slam glory for Henson and co.

However, if he does receive a guilty verdict for his part in Sunday's ugly incident, Henson is likely to be handed a lengthy ban, which severely threatens his participation in the Twickenham showdown.

The news will be a bitter pill to swallow for the 23-year-old, who has only just fought his way back onto the playing field after spending a substantial time on the sidelines due to injury.

Meanwhile, fellow Ospreys colleague Ian Evans has also been cited for his part in the serious injury that Tigers scrum half Harry Ellis picked up on Sunday.

The England man went down with a knee injury, and it is already feared that he will miss at least part of the Six Nations.

Evans appeared to make a forceful movement towards Ellis - causing the player to go down, and he too faces the prospect a long suspension.

Three players from Saracens' ill-tempered 18-10 victory over Ulster on Saturday will also appear before the same disciplinary hearing.

Ulster locks Justin Harrison and Matt McCullough and Saracens prop Kevin Yates have all been cited

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