Henson told 'one more drink and you're out'
GAVIN Henson has been told by his new club Bath: “One more drink and you’re out”.
The latest incident involving the Wales international saw Henson floored by a punch from team-mate Carl Fearns after a heavy drinking session in the city.
And ahead of the new Aviva Premiership campaign, the former Ospreys star has been told in no uncertain terms that any further indiscretion will not be tolerated.
“My heart did sink when it happened,” said Bath’s head coach Mike Ford, in an interview with the Independent newspaper.
“I worked with Gavin on the Lions tour of New Zealand in 2005 and found him a really nice lad — shy, hard-working and very committed to his rugby.
“When we were reacquainted earlier in the summer, he struck me as being exactly the same. So yes, the incident was pretty disappointing. Basically he knows he can’t be found with another drink in his hand.”
Henson is yet to feature for Bath, who play the Ospreys in a pre-season friendly at The Rec on Friday night.
“A massive point in all this was what the players felt about it, and they decided as a group that they wanted to help Gavin become a part of things here,” added Ford.
“We have a couple of other out-and-out No. 10s available to us, but they’re aged 20 and 21. The need for a third, experienced No. 10 was obvious, so we went for Gavin, who was immediately available and had shown at London Welsh last season that he could still perform at a high level. I think we all want it to work out.”
Speaking recently about the incident, Henson said: “There was a lot of drink involved, that’s my excuse. Daft things seem to happen when I go out so maybe I shouldn’t go out.
“It was a bit embarrassing and not a great thing for the club but I like to think the squad grew closer together after that.
“It wasn’t a great start to my Bath career and I’d like to put that behind me.
“Hopefully I can get out on the field and people will see me as just a rugby player.”