Reports are rife that Wales and Ospreys centre Gavin Henson is about to bow out of rugby at the grand old age of 27. The Sun newspaper claimed this morning that Henson had already announced his decision to quit to bosses at The Ospreys but they insisted he reconsider.
Further fuel was added to the fire when the rugby star failed to show for the first day back at training with The Ospreys. He was due to join team mates at the training camp in Llandarcy this morning after a month long break.
The alleged retirement is not wholly unexpected. Having been dogged with injuries in recent years, Henson revealed in an interview that he found being taken out by injury “soul destroying” and was often left wondering “Is it worth it?” Fate dealt Henson another hefty blow after he suffered damage to the ligaments in his right ankle during an EDF Energy Cup semi final clash with Gloucester; this latest injury stole his chance of a place on the Lions Tour this summer.
But what will the double Gran Slam winner do if he calls time on his rugby career? It has been suggested in the past that Gavin had aspirations for a career in the entertainment industry, following in the shadow of his famous long-term girlfriend, Charlotte Church.
Gavin has two children with the Welsh singer and presenter Ruby aged 20 months and Dexter 7months, a decision to quit rugby will leave him with plenty of time to devote to his young family. Rumours have also surfaced that the rugby star has discovered a new passion for sailing and has plans to pursue this avenue in the future.
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