Our next instalment of Top 10 Busts is a man who needs no introduction. So here goes:
Name: Gavin Henson
International Caps: 33, Wales
Joined from: A long sabbatical at Ospreys
Time at Sarries: 2010-2011
Famous for: Being orange, Charlotte Church’s ex, a serious of embarrassing “reality” television show appearances, notably “The Bachelor” drunken behaviour on public transport getting him into trouble; not staying at any club more than five minutes. Oh, we almost forgot a Lions tour and two Grand Slams.
Hype: Some in the Fez fraternity believe that it was a cunning bit of marketing bringing in Henson just in time for a debut at Wembley in the 2010 Boxing Day match against London Wasps in order to get more bums on seats. The Ospreys were “disappointed” and “frustrated” to lose their star player, but Sarries were relatively low-key with their comments, and the man himself said "Now it's time to start working hard, getting back to match fitness as soon as possible and then to let my rugby do all the talking."
Reality: It seemed an age before Henson finally made that debut as a sub at Wembley due to his continued failure to get voted off Strictly Come Dancing during the autumn of 2010. A solitary start in a heavy defeat at Sale and two further replacement appearances came and went, with the final one being a cameo in the hammering by Leinster in Dublin, when he had to be replaced himself after getting injured.
Most memorable Sarries moment: Henson almost caused a sensation by scoring a try with his very first touch in a Sarries shirt. Unluckily for him and for Sarries, Wasps scrum half Joe Simpson got his body between the ball and the ground or there might have been some excruciating headlines in the papers the following day.
What happened next: No need to write much as Gav lives his life in the tabloid headlines. Failed attempts to re-start his career at Toulon and Cardiff Blues came and went, and his latest visit to the Last Chance Saloon now comes at London Welsh, where he will be re-united with his former Ospreys boss Lyn Jones.
I watched Strictly to see if he could be voted off and get down to playing for Sarries.
He spent all his time looking at the monitors to see if he was in shot!
Seems how his world revolves!!
That game at Sale was a disaster for him and for Sarries (for playing him). He was more like a matador, ole and through you g!. Any ruck saw our Gav hopping around behind it, letting others put their bodies on the line. He was more interested in protecting his boat than helping his team.
I thought we had seen something in him to have taken a punt on him.
Whether he plays well for Welsh, or not, against us or anyone else, is irrelevant. HIs time at Sarries was the worst example of self before team that I had ever seen. He set new standards of hubris that have never been equalled. Or should I say were only equalled when the makers of some brand of nut started sponsoring a cricketer who changed his initials to suit their marketing demands.
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