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Encyclopedia > Gavin Henson
Gavin Henson
Henson's book My Grand Slam Year
Full name Gavin Henson
Date of birth February 1, 1982 (1982-02-01) (age 25)
Place of birth Flag of Wales Bridgend, Wales
Height 1.84
Weight 95
Nickname henson
Rugby union career
Position Centre
Professional clubs Caps (points)
2003- Ospreys 63 (699)
correct as of .
National team(s)    
2001- Wales 20 (130)
correct as of 2007-02-25.

Gavin Lloyd Henson (born February 1, 1982 in Bridgend) is a Welsh rugby union player who plays for the Ospreys regional side in the Celtic League and Heineken Cup, and the national team. He attracted much media attention in the 2004-2005 rugby season, in which he was part of a Wales team which achieved a long-sought Grand Slam in the Six Nations Championship. He has also played for the British and Irish Lions, touring in 2005 to New Zealand. Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (400x618, 32 KB) Hensons book. ... is the 32nd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1982 (MCMLXXXII) was a common year starting on Friday (link displays the 1982 Gregorian calendar). ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Wales_2. ... Bridgend (Welsh: Pen-y-bont ar Ogwr) is a town in the traditional county of Glamorgan and the main town in the county borough of Bridgend in south Wales. ... This article is about the country. ... For other uses, see Rugby (disambiguation). ... A rugby union team is made up of 15 players: eight forwards, numbered from 1 to 8; and seven backs, numbered from 9 to 15[1]. Depending upon the competition, there may be up to seven replacements. ... A cap is an appearance for a select team, such as a school, county or international team in sports. ... The following is a list of international rugby union teams: Any team added to this list should have a corresponding Category:International rugby union teams or Category:National rugby union teams link put into the bottom the article to keep the Category database up to date. ... First international  England 30 – 0 Wales  (19 February 1881) Largest win  Japan 0 – 98 Wales  (26 November 2004) Worst defeat  South Africa 96 – 13 Wales  (27 June 1998) World Cup Appearances 5 (First in 1987) Best result Third 1987 The Wales national rugby union team (also referred to as the... is the 32nd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1982 (MCMLXXXII) was a common year starting on Friday (link displays the 1982 Gregorian calendar). ... Bridgend (Welsh: Pen-y-bont ar Ogwr) is a town in the traditional county of Glamorgan and the main town in the county borough of Bridgend in south Wales. ... This article is about the country. ... For other uses, see Rugby (disambiguation). ... Official website www. ... The Celtic League, currently known as the Magners League for sponsorship reasons, is an annual rugby union competition involving regional sides from Ireland, Scotland and Wales. ... The Heineken Cup sponsored by Heineken (known as the H Cup in France due to alcohol advertising laws) is an annual rugby union competition involving leading club, regional and provincial teams from England, France, Ireland, Italy, Scotland and Wales. ... First international  England 30 – 0 Wales  (19 February 1881) Largest win  Japan 0 – 98 Wales  (26 November 2004) Worst defeat  South Africa 96 – 13 Wales  (27 June 1998) World Cup Appearances 5 (First in 1987) Best result Third 1987 The Wales national rugby union team (also referred to as the... A Grand Slam can be completed in two ways in rugby union. ... The RBS 6 Nations Championship, (referred to as RBS 6 Nations for sponsorship reasons) known before 2000 as the Five Nations Championship, is an annual international rugby union competition held between six European sides: England, France, Ireland, Italy, Scotland and Wales. ... First match Otago 3 - 8 Lions (as Great Britain) (28 April 1888) Largest win Manawatu 6 - 109 Lions (28 June 2005) Worst defeat New Zealand 38 - 6 Lions (16 July 1983) Jonny Wilkinson taking a penalty for the Lions The British and Irish Lions (until 2001 known as the British...


Henson has played in a variety of positions including fly-half, fullback and inside centre. He usually plays on the Welsh team as inside centre. His relationship with girlfriend Charlotte Church, with whom he is expecting his first child, [1] is well covered by the media in the United Kingdom. He appears in adverts for Nike Pro and for one of the Wales rugby sponsors, Brains brewery. A rugby union team is made up of 15 players: eight forwards, numbered from 1 to 8; and seven backs, numbered from 9 to 15[1]. Depending upon the competition, there may be up to seven replacements. ... A rugby union team is made up of 15 players: eight forwards, numbered from 1 to 8; and seven backs, numbered from 9 to 15[1]. Depending upon the competition, there may be up to seven replacements. ... A rugby union team is made up of 15 players: eight forwards, numbered from 1 to 8; and seven backs, numbered from 9 to 15[1]. Depending upon the competition, there may be up to seven replacements. ... Charlotte Church (born Charlotte Maria Reed on 21 February 1986) is a Welsh pop singer and television presenter who rose to international fame in childhood as a popular classical singer with a precociously mature dramatic operatic voice, in particular in its tonal qualities. ... Founded in 1882, Brains is a brewery in South Wales that produces a number of ales according to time honoured methods in the heart of Cardiff. ...

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Career

Gavin Henson's father, Alan Henson, captained Heol-y-Cyw and Maesteg, so rugby was in the family. Gavin played rugby for his school, Brynteg Comprehensive, in Bridgend, South Wales. Despite his Bridgend origins, he joined Swansea RFC at the age of 18. He was promptly the International Rugby Board's "Young Player Of The Year" in 2001.[2] During which time he had started paving the way to his international career by signing for the Wales A team. He made his international debut for Wales during June of 2001 in a Test against Japan, coming off the bench. He then started his next match, at fly-half in a game against Romania in September. In November of that year he played for Wales A against Uruguay, scoring his first try in an international. Alan Henson played first class rugby union for Maesteg RFC as a loose head prop forward. ... Maesteg is a Welsh town located at the northernmost end of the Llynfi Valley in the north of the Welsh county borough of Bridgend (Pen-y-Bont ar Ogwr) in the traditional county of Glamorgan (Morgannwg). ... Bridgend (Welsh: Pen-y-bont ar Ogwr) is a town in the traditional county of Glamorgan and the main town in the county borough of Bridgend in south Wales. ... Approximate extent of South East Wales. ... Swansea Rugby Football Club is a Welsh rugby union team which plays in the Welsh Premier Division. ... The IRB logo. ... Year 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 2001 Gregorian calendar). ...


In 2003 regional rugby was launched in Wales, and Henson now played for the Ospreys. He made his debut for the Ospreys off the bench on September 9, 2003 in a match against Ulster, scoring two tries and kicking both a penalty and conversion to score 15 points. He was elevated to fly-half for the subsequent match against the Newport-Gwent Dragons, scoring 14 points from kicks in that game as well. 2003 also saw Henson return to the international field for Wales. He played twice, though he was on the bench for another two Tests. He was capped against both the All Blacks and Romania. Official website www. ... The Irish Rugby Football Union Ulster Branch (also known as Ulster Rugby) is one of four branches of the IRFU, and is responsible for rugby union in the Irish province of Ulster, six counties of which are in Northern Ireland and three in the Republic of Ireland. ...


Henson came to wider notice in 2004 with a series of excellent performances in Wales' autumn internationals against New Zealand and South Africa. Henson became a firm part of the Welsh starting lineup, and after playing at fullback in the second Test against Argentina and the first against South Africa, he remained in the centres for the remainder of the season. Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


He remained on the team for the 2005 Six Nations championship. In Wales' opening fixture in February, at home to England, Henson gave an effective performance culminating in a successful 44m penalty kick and much media attention.[3][4]


Back in his club side, Henson was part of a team which took the Celtic League cup: in the deciding match (Ospreys v Edinburgh, 26 March 2005), he scored 24 of his side's 29 points. [5] The Celtic League, currently known as the Magners League for sponsorship reasons, is an annual rugby union competition involving regional sides from Ireland, Scotland and Wales. ... The Edinburgh Gunners are one of three professional rugby union teams in Scotland, the Border Reivers and Glasgow Warriors being the other two. ...


In the (northern hemisphere) summer of the same year, Henson was a member of the Lions tour of New Zealand. He was "devastated not to be playing" in the first Test [6]. When he did get selected for the second test he was unfortunately injured and could not play in the final test. A groin injury delayed his return to club rugby in the autumn of the year. Within months of his Ospreys return, Henson was cited (reported following a game for events during it) for kicking and elbowing an opponent in a game against Leicester on December 19, 2005. He was found not guilty of the kicking offence, but guilty of the elbowing. He was initially suspended for ten weeks and two days: this period was reduced on appeal to seven weeks. Following this suspension and a single game at club level, he returned to international rugby against Ireland but did not shine. [7] First match Otago 3 - 8 Lions (as Great Britain) (28 April 1888) Largest win Manawatu 6 - 109 Lions (28 June 2005) Worst defeat New Zealand 38 - 6 Lions (16 July 1983) Jonny Wilkinson taking a penalty for the Lions The British and Irish Lions (until 2001 known as the British... The 2005 Lions tour logo In 2005 the British and Irish Lions Rugby union team toured New Zealand for the first time since 1993, suffering a 3-0 whitewash at the hands of the New Zealand All Blacks. ... Official website www. ... is the 353rd day of the year (354th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


In October 2005 Henson's My Grand Slam Year (ISBN 0-00-721686-6), was published. Comments about the Lions tour and remarks about other players ensured rapid publicity and Henson had to apologise to his team-mates. [8]


He was recently ruled out of the 2007 Rugby World Cup by Wales coach Gareth Jenkins, failing to prove his fitness after an Achilles tendon injury. The 2007 Rugby World Cup is the sixth Rugby World Cup, a quadrennial international rugby union world championship inaugurated in 1987. ... Gareth Jenkins (born 11 September 1951) is the current head coach of Welsh national rugby union team. ... This is about vertebrate anatomy. ...


Off the field

A romance with Cardiff TV Presenter Charlotte Church, a tabloid favourite, ensured this interest endured. [9] He appears in adverts for Nike Pro and for one of the Wales rugby sponsors, Brains brewery. It was announced on March 1 that Henson and Church are expecting a baby. This article is about the capital city of Wales. ... Charlotte Church (born Charlotte Maria Reed on 21 February 1986) is a Welsh pop singer and television presenter who rose to international fame in childhood as a popular classical singer with a precociously mature dramatic operatic voice, in particular in its tonal qualities. ... Founded in 1882, Brains is a brewery in South Wales that produces a number of ales according to time honoured methods in the heart of Cardiff. ... is the 60th day of the year (61st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...


Honours

  • British & Irish Lions
  • Wales U16
  • Wales U18
  • Wales U19
  • Wales Development XV
  • Wales A
  • Wales U21
  • Wales

References

  1. ^ http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20013730,00.html
  2. ^ Past IRB Awards winners. IRB (International Rugby Board). Retrieved on 2007-04-22.
  3. ^ 2005 Six Nations Wales-England match report: Planet Rugby website
  4. ^ 2005 Six Nations Wales-England match report: Daily Telegraph newspaper.
  5. ^ Ospreys-Edinburgh Celtic League final match report BBC news 29th March, 2005
  6. ^ Gavin Henson interviewed by JPR Williams interview in The Observer newspaper, November 6 2005
  7. ^ Henson left 'suicidal' by débâcle in Dublin The Independent newspaper, 28 February 2006
  8. ^ Henson says sorry Welsh Rugby Union, 7 November 2005. He has now been selected for Wales in their training party for the 2007 Rugby World Cup
  9. ^ Welsh celebrities make their mark Hello Magazine (undated, but 2005 or later)

Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ... is the 112th day of the year (113th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...

External link

  • Biography on biogs.com

  Results from FactBites:
 
Gavin Henson - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (703 words)
Gavin "Tango Man" Henson (born February 1, 1982 in Bridgend) is a Welsh rugby union player who plays for the Ospreys regional side and the national team.
Gavin Henson's father, Alan Henson, captained Heol-y-Cyw and Maesteg, so rugby was in the family.
Henson came to wider notice in 2004 with a series of excellent performances in Wales' autumn internationals against New Zealand and South Africa.
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