Henson admits Wales career is over
August 24, 2012
Gavin Henson has not played for Wales for more than a year © Getty Images
Gavin Henson has all but conceded his Wales career is over as he awaits yet another return to the spotlight.
The 30-year-old is hoping to get his career back on track and "put things right" with London Welsh in the Aviva Premiership this season following a summer move to the league's newboys. While the former Osprey is still optimistic he can play at the highest level of the domestic game, he admits the chances of a return for the national team are small.
Henson has not played for Wales since the World Cup warm-up match with England in Cardiff when he broke a wrist, ending his hopes of grabbing a last-ditch place on the plane to New Zealand. And given the current strength of the Six Nations champions, he admits Wales are unlikely to come calling this season.
"I was in good condition in pre-season last year and then broke my wrist and that put me back a fair way," he told Walesonline. "In terms of playing for Wales again, I'd never say no. But I am a million miles away from that.
"I nearly sneaked onto that plane to the World Cup but it wasn't to be. It is a good squad there though, and it doesn't need me whatsoever."
Henson admits he is on his last chance in the game and is determined to make the most of his time left in the game after missing so much rugby through injuries, disputes with clubs and a self-imposed stint away from the game.
"I can understand the perception of me, but I'm totally focused on rugby and have been since I came back to the game," he said. "It's just that things haven't worked out for one reason or another.
"It has been tough but I just hope I can do my talking on the field here. It's been years since I have properly played. At the time my body let me down, I couldn't get back to past heights and it has been a rough ride. But rugby can be a tough place when you take the time out I did.
"I had a lot of fun and good experiences when I had my time off, but I have stuck with it since coming back. I sense my body has healed up and that I am ready to go again. This is my last chance and I want to go out playing 10. How much more time I last, who knows? But I hope it's a fair time. I hope I've got a lot of seasons left in me.
"I don't want to put a set number of years on how much time I have left. I will just see what it is like when I start playing."
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