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Gavin Henson's value to Wales

By Sean Davies

Gavin Henson celebrates beating England in 2008 - Wales' first win at Twickenham in 20 years
Gavin Henson celebrates Wales' first win at Twickenham in 20 years

Opinions about Gavin Henson, his character, ability and rugby future are legion ahead of his potential return in 2010/11 - but here are the stats.

Born: 1 February, 1982, Bridgend
School: Brynteg Comprehensive
Clubs: Swansea, Ospreys
Position: Centre
Stats: 6ft, 14st 11lb
Honours: IRB Young Player of the Year 2001; 2005 & 2008 Grand Slams


Caps: 31 (plus one losing Lions cap in 2005), 2001-
Starts: 23 (won 16, lost 6, drawn 1)
Bench appearances: 8 (won 1, lost 7)
Points: 130 (3 tries, 29 cons, 18 pens, 1 DG)
Sin-bins: 1

Analysis: From Henson's starting Tests there are two victories over England, two over France, two over Ireland and one in Argentina. The draw was against Australia in 2007.


Of the defeats, Henson started all three games of the 2004 summer tour, opening with a narrow defeat in a 50-44 thriller against Argentina.

After winning the second Pumas Test, a tired Wales side went to South Africa where Henson started at full-back rather than his usual inside-centre berth, Wales predictably coming off second best.

Gavin Henson tackles Mathew Tait in the 2005 Six Nations
Gavin Henson tackles Mathew Tait in the 2005 Six Nations

Wales put in a much more impressive performance against the Boks that autumn, Henson scoring two tries but seeing his side fall to a 36-38 defeat.

The All Blacks were next, Wales putting in a hugely impressive performance but blowing a great chance to end the long wait for a win over New Zealand as they went down 26-25.

Henson started the 2008 post-World Cup Test against the Boks, a disjointed Wales side never really having a chance in Nigel Davies' caretaker game as coach.

He started the 2009 Championship decider against Ireland, his first-half switch to full-back following Lee Byrne's injury proving an important turning point in Ireland's Grand Slam win.

That was the only defeat Henson has suffered in a Wales game he has started against a northern hemisphere team.

Wales' only success in the eight games when Henson has come off the bench was against Japan.

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see also
Gatland hopeful of Henson return
24 Feb 10 |  Welsh
Shooting Stars: Gavin Henson (Wales)
28 Jan 05 |  Internationals
Wales' rugby fixtures
26 Jun 07 |  Welsh
Wales rugby results archive
15 Oct 03 |  Welsh
Coming up next on Scrum V...
03 Nov 08 |  Welsh
BBC Sport Wales coverage
03 Oct 11 |  Wales

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