Gavin Henson: Wales recall unlikely admits Bristol player

Gavin Henson
Gavin Henson scored on his Bristol debut against Moseley

Gavin Henson says he still dreams of playing for Wales in the World Cup, but admits it is unlikely.

The 33-year-old, who was a key part of Wales' Grand Slam in 2005, won the last of his 33 caps against England in 2011.

Henson scored a try on his debut for Bristol in a 52-24 win over Moseley.

"I don't think they'll be looking at players playing in the Championship so I think that's probably closed now," said Henson, who missed the 2007 and 2011 World Cups with injury.

"I always dream about playing for them though, so who knows?

"I'll do all I can at Bristol but I've had no correspondence with them [Wales] since 2011."

The former Ospreys and Cardiff Blues player made his Bristol debut at Ashton Gate following his move from Bath earlier in the week.

Henson was due to move to the Championship side in the summer but made the switch four months early.

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Wales begin their 2005 Grand Slam with a narrow victory against England, their first in Cardiff for 12 years.

He played the full 80 minutes and crossed with two minutes to go as the hosts overpowered their opponents in the second half to keep up their promotion challenge in the Championship.

Playing at centre, it was his first appearance for 12 weeks after an Achilles tendon injury

"I just want to play. I'm happy this move happened. I want to play in the Premiership and believe that can happen here," Henson said.

Bristol's Welsh coach Sean Holley was also pleased with Henson's performance.

"He's got that bit of magic about him, that bit of class," the former Ospreys coach said.

"It's important for the players to get to know him. He's a threat with the ball in hand, I think he'll be pleased with himself, getting a full 80 minutes in."

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