Welsh rugby legend Gavin Henson makes sensational switch to rugby league

West Wales Raiders have pulled off one of the most remarkable and unlikely signings of the season, securing the services of rugby union great Gavin Henson.

The 38-year-old retired from the 15-a-side game last year after a stellar career which included 34 caps for Wales and several showings for the British and Irish Lions.

Henson, who played fly-half, centre and full-back for a number of clubs across Europe, became notorious for having a monster kicking game and registered over 1,500 career points.

His popularity on and off the pitch saw him become Welsh rugby’s glamour boy of the noughties, and his reputation in Wales was often compared to world football superstar David Beckham.

Since retiring, Henson has become the owner of The Fox pub in St Brides Major and has kept up his fitness levels by playing Sunday league football.

His shock move to the Raiders is made even more surprising by the fact Henson’s last appearance on a rugby field was in February 2019.

More details on the move are expected this weekend, with the Llanelli-based club announcing the signing via a Twitter video on Friday evening.

The clip included archive footage of Henson saying his biggest career regret was “probably not having a go at rugby league” – well now here is his chance! *Credit: Huw Evans Agency*

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