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Andrew Milligan/PA Wire/Press Association Images O'Driscoll described Henson as "phenomenal" in training.
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Henson had more talent than Brian O'Driscoll - Williams
The ex-Leinster coach also believes the recently sacked player has an “addiction problem”.

RUGBY PUNDIT AND EX-Leinster coach Matt Williams has spoken of his sadness at Gavin Henson’s recent behaviour and subsequent sacking by Cardiff Blues.

Speaking on Newstalk’s Off the Ball, Williams revealed that he first watched a 17-year-old Henson play for Swansea and said he was “extraordinary”.

Williams described Henson as “a very complex character” who “didn’t look up” when he was introduced to him in the changing room after the match.

He recalled how when he was beginning his rugby career in 2000, “he had more talent than Brian O’Driscoll,” but added that unlike Henson, the Ireland star had the discipline and commitment to hone his talent.

He added: “International rugby doesn’t make you a character, it reveals your character.”

And Williams went on to express concerns about Henson’s well-being, saying:

“The guy has an addiction problem, and he needs help. Henson is not going to be remembered for the great player he was, he’s going to be remembered for his problem with alcohol.”

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Fellow pundit Keith Wood echoed Williams’ disappointment, suggesting that the player had been “over-hyped”. Wood also recalled a conversation he had with Brian O’Driscoll, who described Henson as “phenomenal” when training with the Lions.

Henson has had a troubled career since breaking into the Wales team as a youngster, and has only started a total of 12 competitive games for four different clubs in the last three years.

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