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Gavin Henson joins Bristol Rugby after early release from Bath

Gavin Henson has been given early release from Bath Rugby. Credit: David Davies/PA Archive

Gavin Henson has joined Championship leaders Bristol Rugby today after an agreeing an early release from their local rivals, Bath.

The former Wales international will be eligible to play during the 2014/2015 Championship season.

He will step into a Championship side which could well rejoin the Aviva Premiership at the end of this season if they maintain their run of form.

We thank Bath for their co-operation in this matter and agreeing to Gavin’s early release. Once he has integrated into our squad, Gavin will be considered for selection and we look forward to seeing him in a Bristol jersey in the near future.

– Andy Robinson, Director of Rugby

The 33-year-old has played in several top European backlines at Saracens, Toulon, Ospreys and Wales. He also featured in the 2005 British & Irish Lions Tour.

However he will also be remembered for several controversies which have seen spells at certain clubs come to an abrupt end. While playing in France he was suspended after a nightclub alteration. Bristol say his all-round ability and experience at the highest levels of the sport will be a good fit for the team.

Bristol is a well-run club with great facilities and a clear ambition for the future. I’m keen to play my part in that vision. I want to play rugby and focus on my game. The incentive for me is to show a positive attitude in a Bristol shirt and keep working hard on my performances.

– Gavin Henson

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Bath players disciplined after bar brawl

Bath Rugby have today issued a statement confirming that the two players involved in last week's fight at a bar in the city centre have been disciplined.

CCTV of the incident showed former Wales international Gavin Henson knocked out by a punch thrown by a teammate.

The two players involved have taken full responsibility for their actions and they have both received written warnings and fines, and we regard the case as now closed.

– Nick Blofeld, Bath Rugby's CEO

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Gavin Henson floored by Bath team-mate

Dramatic footage has been released of the moment Bath Rugby's new signing Gavin Henson is punched to the floor by team-mate Carl Fearns.

The players were on a night out at the Pig and Fiddle pub in the city on Wednesday night.

Bath Rugby has confirmed it is investigating the incident, which apparently left the 31-year-old out cold on the floor of the Broad Street pub.

Bath are Henson's fifth club in two years. The controversial Welshman is looking to revive a career that promised much in his youth.

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