Henson suspended by Toulon
April 18, 2011
Gavin Henson enjoyed a dream debut for Toulon, scoring a try against Stade Francais a fortnight ago © Getty Images
Gavin Henson's World Cup hopes have been dealt a blow with the news that the former Wales international has been hit with a one-week suspension by Toulon after a breach of club discipline.
Toulon have yet to confirm exactly why the 29-year-old centre has been hit with the "provisional" ban, with a spokesman saying only that the player had been suspended for not respecting "the code of good behavior defined by the club". However, early reports have claimed that Henson was allegedly involved in a fight with team-mates and Toulon president Mourad Boudjellal has confirmed that a decision over the Welshman's future will be taken on Monday.
Henson only arrived in France earlier this month, after an unsuccessful attempt to resurrect his professional career with Saracens, but impressed on his Top 14 debut, scoring a try in a 38-10 victory over Stade Francais just over a fortnight ago.
Henson's display immediately prompted speculation that he could be recalled to the Wales set-up ahead of this year's World Cup if he could maintain his good form over the remaining weeks of the season. Indeed, Wales backs coach Rob Howley commented earlier this month: "We're watching Gavin very closely and he'll certainly come into the mix in our Rugby World Cup preparation. His ability to play 12 or 13, with a kick, run or pass option.... he is a very confident rugby player. I think that his game-time is going to be monitored between now and the end of the season."
However, with his ban now ruling him out of this weekend's clash with Perpignan and Toulon currently lying outside of the play-off places, Henson could have just one more opportunity, against Montpellier on May 7, to convince Wales boss Warren Gatland that he is worth looking at ahead of the World Cup.
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