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Rugby star suspended by club after 'incident on flight'

Gavin Henson played as a replacement in the Blues 31-3 defeat at Glasgow Photo: David Jones/PA Wire

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

The 30-year-old, 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.

Henson had been drinking after their 31-3 defeat to the Glasgow Warriors. ITV Wales understands that he had been drinking vodka during the flight to Cardiff. In a statement released through the club he said that he was embarrassed after he 'stupidly' carried on drinking during the flight.

I can see that drinking and behaving inappropriately on that flight as a professional sportsman at 7am has caused offence to members of the public, the Flybe Airline staff and passengers. I know that I have let my team mates, coaches, management, sponsors and indeed my family down with my actions. Drinking on that plane was inexcusable and I know that I must take responsibility for it. I also accept that in the light of this I need to learn from it and ensure this does not happen again.

– Gavin Henson

The player says that he is prepared to co operate with the management of the region who are meeting on Monday morning to decide his future.

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.


Henson had been flying back to Cardiff with the Blues squad after their defeat to the Glasgow Warriors.

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 signed for Cardiff Blues in October Credit: David Jones/PA Wire

Henson was a key figure in Wales' Six Nations grand slam in 2008, 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 after a mixture of injuries followed by a self-imposed exile from the game between March 2009 and October 2010 saw his star fade.

Having negotiated a release from his Ospreys contract in October 2010, Henson joined Saracens - for whom he made just four appearances - and Toulon in quick succession as he sought to win a place in Wales' squad for the 2011 World Cup.

Henson's stint in France started promisingly with a try on his debut, but a nightclub altercation with two team-mates saw him handed a one-week suspension and he was not offered a contract extension at the end of the season.

Despite not having a club, Henson won his first Wales cap for over two years in the defeat to the Barbarians last May and was named in coach Warren Gatland's provisional World Cup squad, only for a wrist injury suffered in the warm-up win over England to end his aspirations. There had been glimpses of his best form in that fixture, and it was enough to convince the Blues to take a chance on the three-quarter, but he has struggled to make an impact.

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