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Wednesday 16 January 2019

It's Brucie over Baa-Baas if Henson has moves

The chances of Gavin Henson representing the Barbarians in December hinge on whether he is more like former England scrum-half Matt Dawson or fellow Welshman Joe Calzaghe on the dancefloor.

The Wales centre, who is on unpaid leave from Welsh regional side the Ospreys, has accepted an invitation to play for the Barbarians against South Africa on December 4 but he would be ruled out if he is still going strong in Strictly Come Dancing.

Baa-Baas registrar Alan Evans said: "We are going to monitor the situation closely. One of two things could happen -- Gavin could turn out to be another Matt Dawson and he'll still be dancing on December 4, and good luck to him with that.

"But what we have offered him is the opportunity - if he turns out to be more, shall we say, a Joe Calzaghe than a Matt Dawson in 'Strictly...' and he's out of it fairly early on, we think the situation with his rugby career will take a new turn and we would like to bring him on board and train him with our squad."

Dawson reached the final of the competition in 2006 but Calzaghe did not fare so well, coming in for some harsh criticism from the show's judges. The live series runs until the Christmas period.

The 28-year-old Henson has been linked with moves to several Premiership clubs including Wasps, London Irish, Harlequins and Bath. All have denied having any discussions over a move for him.

He was also recently selected to model the new Wales kit in a marketing campaign, upsetting several members of the current national squad.

But he now appears ready to finally lace up a pair of boots again, having voiced his desire to play for his country at next year's World Cup in New Zealand, although the Barbarians will monitor the 31-cap playmaker's fitness ahead of the Twickenham clash.

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