Gavin Henson could be tested at centre by Cardiff Blues

Gavin Henson
Gavin Henson has won 33 caps since his Wales debut against Japan in 2003

Cardiff Blues coach Justin Burnell admits that moving Gavin Henson to centre will come "into the equation" during their game at Leinster.

Gavin Evans replaced injured Wales centre Jamie Roberts to partner Casey Laulala in Sunday's loss at Ospreys.

But, having been named at full-back for Saturday's game, Henson could continue his push for Wales Six Nations selection on Saturday night.

"We know the calibre of Gavin Henson," admitted Blues coach Burnell.

"We do appreciate that perhaps his best position is at centre but he's mindful that we do have injuries and he is capable of playing in other positions.

"The big thing with Gavin is breaking him in gently. He has now played two full games of rugby and the last time he played was when he was injured against England in August.

"We're working hard in being able to bring Gav forward. That is something that is coming into the equation.

"He may have more of an input somewhere else, because that is where he has m made his mark before.

"But he is doing a fantastic job back there for us. I don't think he has put a foot wrong at full-back and has shown some outstanding glimpses."

Henson, who started his first two Blues games at full-back, represented the British and Irish Lions and won two Grand Slams for Wales playing in the centre but is at full-back for the Blues covering for the injured Chris Czekaj.

And Burnell has praised the performances of stand-in inside centre Evans, a one-cap Welsh international who has been described as an 'unsung hero'.

"We can't just dismiss Gavin Evans, who is fantastic," said Burnell. "He hasn't had the opportunity before, but he has been revelling.

"He made 22 tackles on the weekend. He has great handling, he carries the ball and is a good decision maker.

"Gavin Evans is one of the biggest unsung heroes in our environment."

Blues could move into the Pro12's top four with victory over table-topping, reigning European champions Leinster, who have won their last nine league games.

But the Irish province, hailed as European rugby's standard-bearers, lost on their last visit to Wales in an opening-day defeat at Ospreys.

"They are pretty much setting the standard in European rugby at the moment," added Burnell.

"They have great style, have tremendous cohesion between forwards and backs and they play a complete game.

"It couldn't be a better test before our European campaign. They are the form team."

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