Rugby star suspended by club after 'incident on flight'

Gavin Henson
Cardiff Blues have confirmed utility back Gavin Henson has been suspended with immediate effect. Photo: PA

Wales rugby star Gavin Henson has been suspended by his club following an incident on a plane.

Henson, 30, who joined Cardiff Blues in October last year, was suspended after an incident on a flight from Glasgow back to the Welsh capital last night.

Cardiff Blues can confirm that Gavin Henson has been suspended with immediate effect following an incident on the flight back from Scotland after their match against Glasgow Warriors last night.

The Cardiff Blues management team will meet first thing Monday morning to discuss the matter further.

– Cardiff Blues spokesman

Airline said it was carrying out its own investigation.

With regard to flight BE3431 from Glasgow to Cardiff on March 31, Flybe can confirm that it is gathering information from its own staff as well as those at both airports and will make no further comment at this time.

– Flybe spokeswoman

Henson was a wing replacement in their 31-3 defeat by Glasgow on Friday night.

He signed for Cardiff Blues in October on an eight-month contract and they became his fourth club in the space of 12 months after brief spells with Saracens and Toulon in the wake of his departure from the Ospreys.

At the time, he said: "I've been saying I wanted to play back in Wales and I'm glad of the opportunity that Cardiff Blues have given me.

"I just want to do everything I can to make them happy and enjoy my rugby. I'm glad I've signed here."

Henson, who has 33 caps to his name, toured New Zealand with the British Lions in 2005.

Gavin Henson with Charlotte Church.
Gavin Henson kisses his Charlotte Church, then his girfriend, in 2005. Credit: Reuters

Henson is also well known outside of rugby after a long-term relationship with singer Charlotte Church, in which they had two children together. They split two years ago.

He has also appeared on reality TV shows 71 Degrees North, Strictly Come Dancing and The Bachelor.