Former Wales star Gavin Henson looks unrecognisable, he now runs his local pub - Ruck

Former Wales star Gavin Henson looks unrecognisable, he now runs his local pub

Former Wales international rugby player Gavin Henson has embarked on a surprising career shift, transitioning from the rugby field to becoming the proud proprietor of a local pub in St Brides Major, Vale of Glamorgan.

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Henson, renowned for his high-profile relationship with singer Charlotte Church, took over The Fox And Hounds in 2020, rebranding it simply as The Fox.

The stone-built establishment, a longstanding pillar of the community, underwent a significant transformation under Henson’s ownership, with the rugby star investing in the freehold and commissioning extensive renovations.

This venture marks a notable departure for Henson, who, in his earlier years, faced challenges that led to reports of being barred from numerous bars and pubs in Cardiff following a tumultuous night out.

Despite his sporting background, Henson has seamlessly transitioned into his role as a pub landlord, earning praise from patrons who commend his amiable demeanor and willingness to engage with visitors. Reviews on TripAdvisor attest to his approachability, with guests expressing delight at Henson’s readiness to pose for photographs and extend gratitude for their patronage.

One reviewer shared, “The owner – Gavin Henson – was working the same day and didn’t hesitate when I asked him for a photo. Genuinely lovely guy, he even thanked us for our visit!” Another lauded Henson’s dedication, stating, “Gavin Henson is one in a million. He was 100-percent on the rugby pitch, and he’s 100-percent with his pub.”

Reflecting on his personal life, Henson’s relationship with Charlotte Church, which began in 2005 and saw them engaged five years later, was highlighted. The couple shares two children, Ruby, 14, and Dexter, 13, but separated in 2010, merely six weeks after their engagement.

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Jack Nowell

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