Henson's controversial career

Gavin Henson
Henson admitted he was 'truly embarrassed' by the incident which lead to his sacking. Photo: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

Cardiff Blues were Gavin Henson's fourth club in little over a year after being released by the Ospreys and having short stints at Saracens and Toulon.

His spell in France was also marred by an alcohol-related incident, with the club suspending him for a week after a nightclub altercation with two team-mates.

And his sacking is the latest in a long line of controversies which have dogged Henson's career.

Henson (R) of Wales fends off England's Jason Robinson during their Six Nations match in Cardiff in February 2005. Credit: Reuters / Matt Dunham

First capped as a 19-year-old in 2001, he sprang to prominence by kicking a monster penalty to help Wales beat England 11-9 at the start of the 2005 RBS 6 Nations, paving the way for a first Welsh Grand Slam in 27 years and his selection for the Lions tour of New Zealand.

Later that year he was forced to apologise to his Wales team-mates over revelations he made in his book 'My Grand Slam Year', and shortly after he was banned for seven weeks for elbowing Leicester prop Alex Moreno.

Henson rediscovered his best form to be a key figure in Wales' 2008 Six Nations clean sweep, which came just a few months after an incident on a train in December 2007 that saw him charged with disorderly conduct, although the case was later dropped.

But with the rugby world seemingly his for the taking, a mixture of injuries followed by a self-imposed exile from the game between March 2009 and October 2010 saw his star fade.

During that time Henson appeared in several reality TV shows, including Strictly Come Dancing and 71 Degrees North, and also went on to appear in The Bachelor.

Gavin Henson kisses 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.