Gavin Hensons shock French move

Gavin Henson

Gavin Henson

Gavin Henson continued his unpredictable ways yesterday when he signed for French club Toulon, at the end of a remarkable day for the Welshman.

Those rugby fans looking on enviously at the last dramatic day of the football transfer window were dealt their own drama as Saracens just the day before yesterday agreed to trigger a release clause in Hensons Ospreys contract which would allow him to leave the club.

Then yesterday Henson appeared on the Cote d’Azur at a press conference as Toulons new number 12. The Welsh star has been suffering from a calf strain, which has restricted him to just four appearances since he returned from his self imposed exile, and a stint on strictly come dancing, and ruled him out of the Welsh Six Nations squad.

Henson, 29, has signed a five month contract with Toulons millionaire comic book owner, Mourad Boudjellal, and could feature in Fridays match against Brive at the Stade Mayol.

Henson told the media it was the opportunity to play in both of his favourite positions of 10 and 12, that made the chance too good to pass up.

“It was just a massive opportunity for me which I couldn’t really pass up on,” said the Dancing On Ice star. “Phillipe Saint-Andre (Toulon director of rugby) was really keen for me to play 12 at Toulon and that starts straight away, which means more or less playing next week.

“I’m also going there to cover 10 when Jonny’s (Wilkinson) not there.

“Obviously the weather is pretty good as well. I think it’s going to be great for me and I can’t wait to start on Monday.”

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