Ospreys v Dragons: Gavin Henson deserves big reception, says Dan Biggar

Gavin Henson
Gavin Henson won Six Nations Grand Slams with Wales in 2005 and 2008
Pro14: Ospreys v Dragons
Venue: Liberty Stadium, Swansea Date: Friday, 27 October Kick-off: 19:35 BST
Coverage: Live on Scrum V, BBC Two Wales; online, mobile, the BBC Sport app and Connected TV.

Gavin Henson deserves a big welcome when he returns to the Liberty Stadium with Dragons, says Dan Biggar.

Double Grand Slam winner Henson played six years at Ospreys and was a senior player when current Wales fly-half Biggar was coming through their ranks.

Ospreys host Dragons in the Pro14 on Friday evening.

"It will be great to see him back at the Liberty. I think he spent some great years here and deserves a big reception when he comes," said Biggar.

The two British and Irish Lions tourists will line-up against each other for the first time in the match televised live on BBC Wales' Scrum V programme.

The 35-year-old Dragon left Swansea in 2009, but made an impression on Biggar, 28.

"When I was coming through playing alongside Gav or watching him train you'd just think he was the best at everything," said Biggar.

"I've never actually played against Gav, so it will be really good to test my wits against a world-class player."

Henson returned to Welsh rugby this season after four seasons in England with London Welsh, Bath and Bristol.

His Dragons team are sixth in Conference B with two wins and face an Ospreys team who are rooted to the bottom of Conference A with just one victory in six matches and who have lost their last seven games in all competitions.

Biggar believes Ospreys' unprecedented run of poor results will be an incentive for Henson and his team-mates.

"They are going to come down and they are going to fancy themselves as well in terms of they're going to think it's an opportunity for them," added Biggar.

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Ospreys v Dragons: Gavin Henson on facing his old region and Dan Biggar

"For us Friday is about fronting up and making life as uncomfortable as possible for the Dragons.

"We have to win to build some confidence back into the group and make sure it's a winning camp, as opposed to taps on the back for playing well but coming up short."

Biggar believes the Dragons are a tough proposition, with Henson adding maturity to balance the young talent in the squad.

"There's very few players as naturally gifted as him out there so he's going to be a massive threat. He sort of just glides around the field and puts his team in the right area," he said.

"He looks as if he's got quite a bit of time on the ball.

"I watched the first half of the Blues game a couple of weeks ago and he showed some really nice touches and was able to bring people into play around him.

"And given that the Dragons have got quite a young set-up in terms of the team there and he probably gives a lot of confidence to others.

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56Caps33
295International points130
1Six Nations titles2
2,103 (209 games)Ospreys points778 (98 games)

"They just need maybe that sort of focal point of someone who's been there and done it - and Gav's certainly got that.

"What he does really well is he doesn't try and overdo the game, doesn't try and force things and plays within himself, which is a very good attribute to have."

However, the 2017 British and Irish Lions tourist concedes his own game is not modelled on Henson's unhurried style.

"I'm probably the opposite in terms of always looking rushed on the ball and flapping around and everything," he joked.

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