Henson to be questioned over pub claims


CARDIFF, February 18 – Wales' star centre Gavin Henson could be in more hot water about his off the field behaviour after the Welsh Rugby Union decided on Tuesday to question some of his team-mates over an allged incident at a pub on Sunday.

GAVIN_HENSONSeveral eye witnesses allege that Henson – who was unable to play in the Six Nations victory over England on the previous day because of injury – was rude and had to be removed from the pub by club and international team-mate Shane Byrne.

Another of his Ospreys team-mates, Wales scrum-half Mike Phillips was provoked into making an apology on behalf of Henson – who was also unable to play in the opening victory because of a calf strain – to the pub’s clients.

The WRU said it would want to speak to players first before commenting further, while 27-year-old Henson – who was first capped aged 19 – was unavailable for comment.

The eye witnesses claim that Henson – who in December 2007 was forced to apologise for disorderly behaviour on a train returning from a club match and also was forced to apologise to international team-mates after making disparaging remarks about them in a book in 2005 – was seen playing around with pool balls on the three tables in the pub and was abusive when anyone took issue with him.

Another man who videoed Henson on his mobile says the player tried to grab the mobile and then told him that it was none of his business.

The eye witnesses said the other players were just enjoying their night out and tried to calm things down.

Another eye witness later saw Henson – a father of two with Welsh singer Charlotte Church – outside the pub, throwing his money around telling people to take it.

It is understood there have been no official complaints to the WRU.

Henson can be expected to be fined under WRU rules if he is found guilty.

A WRU spokesman said: "We don’t know a lot more because the players are not in camp at the moment.

"They are coming back in tomorrow (Wednesday). The plan is to ask them tomorrow for their comments on these claims."

An Ospreys spokesman said they would also talk to the players involved.