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Last Updated: Monday, 17 October 2005, 16:11 GMT 17:11 UK
Henson is urged to focus on rugby
Gavin Henson
Welsh Rugby Union chief executive David Moffett says the national management team have discussed ways of guiding Gavin Henson in the right direction.

The move follows further controversial revelations from Henson's forthcoming book My Grand Slam Year.

Henson has criticised Lions management and fellow players, and called into question the validity of non-Welsh born people representing the country.

"We've talked about supporting Gavin and will address it," said Moffett.

We want him to be remembered for the fantastic talent he is, not for kicking one goal against England and for going out with Charlotte Church
David Moffett
"We need to ensure we have the right network in place to protect him from all the publicity.

"Gavin could have been more judicious in certain areas, and I hope that on reflection he will see that.

"I'm not his manager, but if I was I wouldn't have handled him like this.

"We want him to be remembered for the fantastic talent he is, not for kicking one goal against England and for going out with Charlotte Church."

Henson is 70% fit after his groin surgery and has an outside chance of playing a part in the autumn internationals, although he will definitely miss the 5 November tie with New Zealand.

Once Gavin has completed the launch of his book he should focus totally on his rugby
Wales coach Mike Ruddock
Wales coach Mike Ruddock says he will be glad when his inside centre can concentrate on rugby.

"Once he has completed the launch of his book he should focus totally on overcoming his injury and regaining his full fitness and form and continue to prove he is a fine individual player and a fine team player," said Ruddock.

Henson's Wales and Ospreys team-mate Brent Cockbain insists he has no problem with the controversial star's comments.

That is despite the fact that Australian-born Cockbain would not be eligible for Wales if Henson's views on international eligibility were put into practice.

Henson says that players qualifying through a Welsh grandparent or the three-year residency rule should not be allowed to represent Wales.

"I think Gavin raising this issue to debate is good," said Cockbain, who came to Wales in 1999 and whose brother Matt is a Wallaby international.

Brent Cockbain
In this day and age people don't go out of their way to move somewhere to gain the three-year residency - it's just a natural progression in their life
Henson's team mate Brent Cockbain
"Everyone's entitled to their opinion and that's all this is, fair play to him for going out on a limb.

"He's my team-mate and we get on very well. When we get back to training there'll be a bit of banter, it's all good fun.

"I'm very Welsh, I've got my allotment, a house here, both my children were born here and my wife's Welsh.

"My son Toby's charity raises money for sick kids with cancer and that's based totally in Wales.

"When you make your decision to play in a country other than that of your birth there's no going back.

"I came to Pontypridd and I loved the valleys mentality and people, I stayed because I enjoyed it so much.

"The young Welsh talent is pushing through anyway, and you have to ask where you draw the line.

"There are Welsh players who were born in England, and players born in Wales but who have spent all their life in England.

"In this day and age people don't go out of their way to move somewhere to gain the three-year residency - it's just a natural progression in their life."




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