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Last Updated: Monday, 19 November 2007, 15:43 GMT
Henson eager to make Wales return
Gavin Henson hopes to be celebrating a return to the Wales jersey
Henson hopes to be celebrating a return to the Wales jersey
Gavin Henson is eager to make a new beginning to his Test career against South Africa this Saturday and regain his place as a Wales team regular.

The Osprey back missed out on World Cup selection but seems likely to make caretaker coach Nigel Davies' match 22.

"It's great to be back involved, I didn't really expect it to be honest but it's a one-off game and hopefully I'll get a chance to feature," he said.

"I'm happy with my form, comfortable with my game and I've got confidence."

Henson last played for Wales in June during the tour to Australia, but last started a game for his country against the same opponents more than a year ago.


Since the 2005 Lions tour to New Zealand a series of injuries coupled with a loss of form have seen Henson win just six Wales caps.

But the 25-year-old says he is ready to put that period behind him.

"For myself on the field the last couple of years have been pretty disappointing, but off the field hugely positive," Henson added.

"I haven't had many caps and I'd like to improve on that, but I've got to look at myself I suppose as to why I haven't had more.

"But I can feel it turning around for myself, that's what I believe and that's what I'm hoping."

Henson became a father for the first time in September and is expected to marry fiancée Charlotte Church next year.

That new-found domestic responsibility has helped Henson add stability to his life off the pitch as he builds his form on it.

"My fitness is OK and I've been getting stronger and stronger with every game that I've played for the Ospreys," Henson said.

"Hopefully I'll be involved on Saturday and manage to put down a marker for the Six Nations.

"It was a massive disappointment to miss out on the World Cup and also a disappointment to see how we played in the tournament, and we all want to put that right on Saturday.

"We're all disappointed, players and fans, at how Wales have done over the last couple of years, but we've got a new group of players and it all starts again here.

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