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Last Updated: Sunday, 25 November 2007, 14:50 GMT
Fatherhood helps inspire Henson
Gavin Henson
Gavin Henson feels fatherhood is helping his game
Wales centre Gavin Henson says that becoming a father has made him more relaxed on the rugby field.

Henson's partner, singer Charlotte Church, gave birth to baby Ruby two months ago.

And Henson who made his long awaited international comeback in Wales' 34-12 defeat to South Africa on Saturday, says it has made him a better player.

"It is great being a father and is the best thing that has ever happened to me," he said.

To win my first cap and get a debut try means the world to me

Morgan Stoddart

"I put a lot on myself in terms of training and thinking about the game a lot, and then suddenly you realise something else comes first, which is the baby," he added.

"I think that might help me a lot in terms of relaxing away from the game and chilling out a bit more."

Meanwhile, captain Gethin Jenkins has challenged his players to impress new coach Warren Gatland ahead of the Six Nations.

"This is a big chance for every player to prove themselves and show what they are capable of," he said.

"We are in a healthy state and have good young players coming through and we need to build on this performance."

Wales shipped five tries on the way to defeat but did manage two of their own through Colin Charvis and Morgan Stoddart.

It was the first time that Jenkins has captained his country and he is keen to repeat the honour.

"It was great to be out there leading my country," he said.

"It is personal opinion who the new coach decides to choose and hopefully I am in his mind."

Despite the heavy defeat there were some bright performances, notably from Morgan Stoddart.

The Scarlets full-back scored a try on his international debut and was among Wales' best performers.


"It was a great experience to face South Africa on my first cap," he said.

"Basic errors cost us and it was disappointing to lose the game.

"But it means everything to me, to win my first cap and get a debut try means the world to me.

"I need to keep on playing well and hope I get picked in the future."

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