CHRIS KIRWAN SAYS: Great to see Gav back, but a shame it's over the border

South Wales Argus: CHRIS KIRWAN SAYS: Great to see Gav back, but a shame it's over the border CHRIS KIRWAN SAYS: Great to see Gav back, but a shame it's over the border

BOX office, something that regional rugby is lacking and Gavin Henson has in abundance.

While the Welsh talent drain shows no sign of abating, one of the country's most gifted players is having to ply his trade over the Severn Bridge after finding himself without a home.

Granted, at times Henson hasn't helped himself with his behaviour, but he is good enough to slot into all of the regional squads.

His class shone through on debut for London Welsh last Sunday. He may not possess the cuteness when kicking out of hand that you'd like from a fly-half – too often he just whacks the ball downfield – but he is capable of spotting a pass in a manner that few can.

He provides something different among all the robots, combing physicality with vision, possessing the ability to unleash players in outside channels.

Would the Dragons' Tom Prydie, Tonderai Chavhanga, Adam Hughes, Will Harries and Dan Evans thrive with Henson at 10 or 12? Of course they would.

They're not the only ones that would be rubbing their hands with glee if Henson was at Rodney Parade.

The ticket office has been caught by surprise by demand triggered by Newport County's success this season. How the Dragons would love that same buzz.

The region barely causes a ripple when it comes to media coverage outside of Gwent but they would be featured in the national papers, complete pictures of Henson with the interestly-shaped logo of their main sponsor across his chest.

There’s great interest in each and every chapter of The Gav Story and he could brighten up humdrum Pro12 encounters.

Perhaps he simply wanted to head over to England and resume his partnership with London Welsh head coach Lyn Jones.

Perhaps the way that previous teams have given him the boot means clubs err on the side of caution.

But it seems daft that at a time when the regions are struggling to generate revenue and are struggling to produce the goods on the pitch, one of the most marketable and talented Welsh players is turning out in England after everyone passed on him.

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12:16pm Thu 11 Oct 12

Dai the Milk says...

Love him or hate him (and I love him, in the correct sense of the word) he has got it. Such a shame he deprived so many people of seeing his talent in the prime of his life. When his head is screwed on right, what a player. I believe Lyn is one of very few coaches who could handle him.....because they both have a bit of the clown in them, but who cares. He's back playing.
Love him or hate him (and I love him, in the correct sense of the word) he has got it. Such a shame he deprived so many people of seeing his talent in the prime of his life. When his head is screwed on right, what a player. I believe Lyn is one of very few coaches who could handle him.....because they both have a bit of the clown in them, but who cares. He's back playing. Dai the Milk
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5:21pm Thu 11 Oct 12

the dork says...

Don't fink Charlotte would agree
Don't fink Charlotte would agree the dork
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5:24pm Thu 11 Oct 12

the dork says...

Who writes this TOSH for the argus anyway bring back that Davey fellow
Who writes this TOSH for the argus anyway bring back that Davey fellow the dork
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6:53pm Thu 11 Oct 12

kalwales@hotmail.com says...

it was only a few months ago SOME NOT ALL Fans at your region were calling and pleading for Gav to join the Region now people are slating him?? just sums up SOME NOT ALL of the regions fans, Im a Big Gav Fan and he would of been a credit to your region but clearly your region were to busy copy and pasting quotes from websites to actually go all out and bring in a star name as they keep promising "GO ON Gav" keep doing what your doing and im sure when London Welsh meet your region Gav will shine and make SOME NOT ALL eat & hopefully choke on humble pie !!
it was only a few months ago SOME NOT ALL Fans at your region were calling and pleading for Gav to join the Region now people are slating him?? just sums up SOME NOT ALL of the regions fans, Im a Big Gav Fan and he would of been a credit to your region but clearly your region were to busy copy and pasting quotes from websites to actually go all out and bring in a star name as they keep promising "GO ON Gav" keep doing what your doing and im sure when London Welsh meet your region Gav will shine and make SOME NOT ALL eat & hopefully choke on humble pie !! kalwales@hotmail.com
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10:16pm Thu 11 Oct 12

Dai the Milk says...

Kal.........don't you mean choke on a beefburger?
Kal.........don't you mean choke on a beefburger? Dai the Milk
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11:34pm Thu 11 Oct 12

kalwales@hotmail.com says...

well maybe those would hav etime after queuing 30 minutes for a beer during the game :-) i hop eyou fans have agreat weekend away supporting the region just think of me doing 4 games, YES 4 games because of a shortage of Ref's in Dragons and Blues area
well maybe those would hav etime after queuing 30 minutes for a beer during the game :-) i hop eyou fans have agreat weekend away supporting the region just think of me doing 4 games, YES 4 games because of a shortage of Ref's in Dragons and Blues area kalwales@hotmail.com
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10:05am Fri 12 Oct 12

the dork says...

Will Lyn keep Gav off the sauce?
Will Lyn keep Gav off the sauce? the dork
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