Henson plane 'incident' probed

An airline has launched an investigation into an incident on a plane that led to Wales rugby star Gavin Henson being suspended by his club.

An airline has launched an investigation into an incident on a plane that led to Wales rugby star Gavin Henson being suspended by his club.

Henson, who joined Cardiff Blues in October last year, was suspended after an incident on a flight from Glasgow back to the Welsh capital on Friday night.

The 30-year-old who has won 34 caps for his country, will find out tomorrow whether he has an immediate future with the region.

A Cardiff Blues spokesman said he was suspended “with immediate effect” following the incident, which came after their match against Glasgow Warriors.

The spokesman added: “The Cardiff Blues management team will meet first thing Monday morning to discuss the matter further.”

Later, airline Flybe said it was carrying out its own investigation.

“With regard to flight BE3431 from Glasgow to Cardiff on March 31, Flybe can confirm that it is gathering information from its own staff as well as those at both airports and will make no further comment at this time,” a spokeswoman said.

Henson was a replacement in the 31-3 defeat by Glasgow.

Henson’s contract with the Blues, who face Leinster in the quarter-finals of the Heineken Cup next weekend, runs out at the end of the season, and it would appear he is unlikely to get an extension regardless of the outcome of tomorrow’s meeting.

The incident is the latest chapter in a controversial career that has seen Henson fail to deliver on his undoubted talent.

First capped as a 19-year-old in 2001, he sprang to national prominence by kicking a monster penalty to help Wales beat England 11-9 at the start of the 2005 RBS 6 Nations, paving the way for a first Welsh Grand Slam in 27 years and his selection for the British & Irish Lions tour of New Zealand.

Henson was also a key figure in the 2008 Six Nations clean sweep, which came just a few months after an incident on a train in December 2007 that saw him charged with disorderly conduct, although the case was later dropped.

But with the rugby world seemingly his for the taking, a mixture of injuries followed by a self-imposed exile from the game between March 2009 and October 2010 saw his star fade.

During that time Henson appeared in several reality TV shows, including 'Strictly Come Dancing' and '71 Degrees North', and also went on to appear in 'The Bachelor'.

Having negotiated a release from his Ospreys contract in October 2010, Henson joined Saracens – for whom he made just four appearances – and Toulon in quick succession as he sought to win a place in Wales’ squad for the 2011 World Cup.

Henson’s stint in France started promisingly with a try on his debut, but a nightclub altercation with two team-mates saw him handed a one-week suspension and he was not offered a contract extension at the end of the season.

Despite not having a club, Henson won his first Wales cap for over two years in the defeat to the Barbarians last May and was named in coach Warren Gatland’s provisional World Cup squad, only for a wrist injury suffered in the warm-up win over England to end his aspirations.

There had been glimpses of his best form in that fixture, and it was enough to convince the Blues to take a chance on the three-quarter, but he has struggled to make an impact.

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