WRU want meetings with Gavin Henson & Andy Powell

Andy Powell and Gavin Henson
Andy Powell and Gavin Henson have hit the headlines for the wrong reasons

Wales players association chairman Rhys Williams says meetings between Gavin Henson, Andy Powell and the Welsh Rugby Union will be a "positive" move.

The troubled duo have been suspended by their respective clubs over separate off-the-field incidents.

Henson's short Toulon career is in doubt following a nightclub incident, while Wasps' Powell needed 10 stitches in his head after an incident in a bar.

"It will be interesting to see what is said at the meeting," said Williams.

"The players have had a couple of issues in their career with discipline away from the pitch and maybe it is a good to sit and talk about the issues and get them aired.

"I think it's a positive move by [coach] Warren Gatland and [WRU group chief executive] Roger Lewis.

"I would expect Warren and Roger will tell them they've got the talent to play for Wales for a number of years, especially in the World Cup and I think they'll try and get the best out of those players."

French side Toulon have not yet made an official comment on Henson's future despite French newspaper L'Equipe saying the Wales centre's career there is over after just games.

BBC Sport Wales understands talks with Henson and Toulon are still to take place.

Former Wales and British Lions player John Devereux believes Henson's days with Toulon are numbered.

However Devereux believes the centre might be given the opportunity to resurrect his career with the national side.

Wales face the Barbarians at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff on 4 June as they begin their preparations for the World Cup.

"I firmly believe that Mr Gatland is a big admirer of Henson and yes, I believe the door is still open," Devereux told the BBC's Good Morning Wales.

"I think it would just be a case of spelling it out for future conduct.

"As long as he gets Henson to agree to some sort of control then I think he'd be in the side against the Baa-Baas."

Henson, 29, is no stranger to finding himself in the headlines both for the right and the wrong reasons, with his profile boosted by his relationship to his former partner, singer Charlotte Church.

A frank and controversial 2005 book 'My Grand Slam Year' was not well received by some fellow professionals, who felt it broke a dressing room code that some things between players should stay private.

In December 2007 Henson was questioned by police following allegations that the Bridgend-born player and friends had been rowdy and abusive on a train from London to Cardiff.

Henson was not charged, although three of his companions were each fined £400 after admitting being disorderly on a train.

And in 2009, Henson was cautioned by police investigating an allegation of assault during a night out with three Wales team-mates.

"He's had more than one opportunity," added Devereux. "It's all fuelled, unfortunately for Gavin, with alcohol.

"If he could just give that up I think he would be a far more consistent player."

For Powell, it is the second time in just over a year that he has been in trouble after being banned from driving for 15 months in February 2010 after admitting driving a golf buggy while unfit through drink.

"Following recent reported incidents, WRU group chief executive Roger Lewis and Wales head coach Warren Gatland have requested meetings with Gavin Henson and Andy Powell over the course of the coming weeks," a WRU statement said.

"Until those meetings take place there will be no further comment from the WRU."

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