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Henson turns to dating show following 'disappointing' return to rugby

Wales out half is set to join the cast of Channel 5′s The Bachelor.

Henson returned to action for his country recently in the 31-28 loss to the Barbarians.
Henson returned to action for his country recently in the 31-28 loss to the Barbarians.

WELSH RUGBY INTERNATIONAL Gavin Henson is set to star in a British version of the US reality TV show The Bachelor, it has been announced.

The player, who has also hit the headlines lately after a bust-up that resulted in his departure from his club Toulon, will appear opposite several models, a web developer and twins.

Speaking to the BBC, ex-Wales international Gareth Llewellyn predicted that Welsh rugby fans were unlikely to be happy with Henson’s decision, but defended the player, saying: “What Gavin does outside of his rugby commitments is up to Gavin, it just happens to be in the public eye.”

Llewellyn added that he didn’t see a problem with the move so long as it didn’t conflict with his rugby career.

Henson has previously appeared on both Strictly Come Dancing and 71 Degrees North, and stated that he was “excited” about “getting to know amazing women from all over the UK.”

He added that going on the show was part of his attempts to find “the right woman,” following his split from singer Charlotte Church last year.

Meanwhile Henson returned to Welsh international duty for the first time in two years at the beginning of June, as his side were narrowly beaten 31-28 by the Barbarians in Cardiff.

The player was criticised by some for his performance, including his former Ospreys coach Scott Johnson, who said that he “isn’t the Gavin of old,” before adding: “To be fair he hasn’t played a lot of rugby.”

Henson himself admitted he was “a bit rusty,” but remained optimistic that he could remain part of coach Warren Gatland’s plans, adding: “I’ve loved being back involved. I’ve really missed it.”

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