The Future is bright for Wales : Henson

Gavin Henson says that the improved form Wales have shown in the Six Nations under new coach Warren Gatland is just the beginning.

“We can really feel it’s going to be a good year, we felt like that before we met up for the England game,” Henson told BBC Wales’ Scrum V programme.

“Everybody wants to be involved because we can see these are really good coaches and they’re going to take us to some good places.”

Wales started their Six Nations with a win against England at Twickenham where they have not won for twenty years but that victory has been put down to England’s capitulation by many experts.

Wales continued winning ways against Scotland and Italy but they now have it all to do as they face Ireland and France away from the Millennium stadium.

With wins over England and Scotland Wales go to Ireland to play for the Triple Crown. Victory at Croke Park would put Wales in with a real shout for a second Grand Slam in five years although to achieve that they would still have to beat France.

A victory in Ireland could secure the Six nations title after the points their scored against Italy.

Much of the resurgence has been put down to Warren Gatland who has become the darling of Welsh rugby after implementing new methods and a new positive attitude.

“I feel I’m learning every day and that’s what you want as a player from a coach: to teach you new things and show you a way of playing which inspires you,” Henson added.

“It’s been refreshing, a different approach to other coaches I’ve had before and that’s what you need.

“They’re pretty strict and that’s good, there’s a lot of respect there and players are on the edge all the time, which is also good.

“I don’t think any of us feel comfortable that we’re going to be in the team the next week, I’m not sure if I’m going to get picked against Ireland yet.

“I think you’re one bad training session away from not getting picked for a game, that’s the intensity the training sessions are.

“I made a mistake last week in training and got shouted at, it was my turn last week I think!

“We had a bad training day once and I heard Warren at lunchtime then speaking his mind, ‘maybe I should change the team?’

“I thought, ‘oh God, is he serious, just after training like?’, so people are just working as hard as they can.”

“Everyone can see that we’re a good team, a good squad, we’re going to win things and everyone wants to be in that starting team.

Henson’s career has been held back somewhat with injury and he also released a book containing secret squad details which didn’t do him any favours but he says that he is hungry to achieve great things in the game.

“There’s obviously big games coming up, the Lions, I still haven’t been to a World Cup – they are all still there,” Henson said.

“I feel like I can play for a lot longer yet as well, my body still feels like it’s 19, 20 years old, so there’s good times ahead.”


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