Henson agrees to play for Baabaas vs Boks

Gavin Henson will make a return to international rugby this year when he plays for the Barbarians against South Africa at Twickenham.

Twenty eight year old Henson has not played rugby since March 2009 but the former British and Irish Lions centre will go up against the Springboks at Twickenham on the 4th of December.

Henson has been in the headlines lately as he wants to resume playing rugby but not for the Ospreys with whom he has a contract and wants to move to London.

Barbarians contracts boss Mike Burton said: “Obviously our invitation to Gavin will attract a lot of attention.”

“He has other commitments outside rugby and he is conscious of the need for match fitness in order to do himself and the club justice,” Burton added.

“We will be in regular contact with him and his home club, the Ospreys, in the next few weeks and, all being well, our big game at Twickenham will be the first opportunity to see him back on the representative stage.

“All the signs are that we are putting together a very strong squad worthy of such a prestigious occasion.”

Henson should take to the field with Wales scrum-half Mike Phillips, Australia captain Rocky Elsom and fly-half Matt Giteau, plus New Zealand lock Chris Jack who have all agreed to play for the Barbarians.

Italy and former Springboks coach Nick Mallett has agreed to coach the Barbarians and will be assisted by another South African in Alan Solomons.

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