Henson included in Toulon squad

GAVIN HENSON was yesterday named in the Toulon squad for tomorrow’s clash with Montpellier.

The Welshman was available for selection after serving a week-long suspension for a nightclub brawl with team-mates and is now in line to make just his third appearance since his arrival in February.

Henson joined Toulon for an initial five months to cover for the injured Clement Marienval, hoping to convince head coach Philippe Saint-Andre to give him a new two-year deal as well as revive his Wales career ahead of the World Cup.

He last played for his country in the 2009 RBS 6 Nations before a combination of personal problems and injuries prompted him to take unpaid leave from the Ospreys.

After some reality television appearances, he signed with Saracens to end an 18-month period out of the game but made only four appearances and just one start in four months at the club.

The 29-year-old was initially hampered by a hamstring injury on his arrival in France, but made a try-scoring debut against Stade Francais and made his second start in another victory over Toulouse.

He will now see out the season with Toulon but will have to wait to see whether a new deal is forthcoming, with the signing of Australia star Matt Giteau in addition to the established presence of England’s Jonny Wilkinson leaving Saint-Andre uncertain whether he can accommodate Henson next term.

Meanwhile, Henson’s fellow Wales international Andy Powell’s participation in the World Cup is by no means certain after it was announced last night he is to leave Wasps by mutual consent.

The back row forward’s future at the London side had been in doubt after a pub brawl in the capital which the Aviva Premiership club were investigating.

The club statement read: “London Wasps can (today) announce that Andy Powell is to leave the club by mutual consent.

“This announcement comes following a thorough and detailed review, between the player and the club, of all of the evidence arising from the incident for which Andy was initially suspended.

“Both parties are satisfied that this matter has been dealt with in a proper, fair and appropriate manner and agree that the conclusion reached is in their respective best interests for the future.

The 29-year-old had already been summoned for showdown talks with Wales coach Warren Gatland and his place for the World Cup in New Zealand in the autumn is in doubt.


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