Henson denies committing to Baa Baas
October 1, 2010
Gavin Henson - strictly a dancer for now © Getty Images
Gavin Henson has denied committing to play for the Barbarians against South Africa on December 4.
On Monday the Baa Baas announced that Henson had accepted an invitation to represent the famous side at Twickenham, an eventuality that would have ended his 18-month self-imposed exile from the sport.
Henson is currently taking part in Strictly Come Dancing and the possibility of an appearance against the Springboks hinges on his commitments to the BBC reality TV show. He insisted that the Barbarians used his name 'for a bit of publicity' but understood their reasoning.
"I haven't committed to the Barbarians, I think they've just used my name for a bit of publicity," Henson told the BBC. "I'll just look at that, I'll just see where I am in Strictly. At the moment I'm just totally concentrating on Strictly, this is the main thing for me at the moment then all that will follow on rugby-wise.
"I'm committed to Strictly and that's it really, I haven't committed to the Barbarians. It's probably something I would like to do in future, but I can understand why they've decided to use my name to try to sell tickets because at the moment I'm in the public eye a lot.
"It's a little bit naughty of them but that's just the day and age, and that's what seems to be happening around me at the moment. As soon as my commitments are finished here [on Strictly] - I'm contracted to this now until the middle of December anyway - as soon as that is all done rugby then is my focus."
The 28-year-old is currently involved in legal wrangling over his future with the Ospreys and recently raised the ire of several team-mates after being photographed in a Wales shirt for a marketing campaign. Speculation has been rife that he is set to move to an Aviva Premiership club, although reports have been rubbished by Wasps, Harlequins, Saracens and London Irish.
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