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Gavin Henson’s MOTM performance against England proves he was wasted talent

In Wales’ opening match of the 2005 Six Nations against England, centre Gavin Henson puts in a great performance, tackling, running and kicking all on top form.

He was man of the match and this win propelled Wales towards a Grand Slam.

Despite two Six Nations winner’s medals, Henson falls firmly into the category of those that failed to fulfill their potential.

But despite his love for hobnobbing with C-list celebrities, appearing on reality TV shows and bottled tan, all of which seemed to take precedence over his rugby, Henson actually didn’t have that bad a career.

He’s now running a pub back in Wales.

Commenting on Henson’s performance in 2005, one fan wrote: “Among the most talented players of world rugby; he was an excellent centre for Wales but could have achieved so much more.”

“Whenever you watch clips of him playing he just seems to manufacture so much time for himself on the ball, always looked like he was cruising when in fact he was at full pelt. A graceful player, one of the best centres of recent times. Forget the off field stuff, Gav was a rugby wizard.” another commented.

A third added: “The most gifted player wales have in the last 30 years. Version, power, pace, brave, great boot.”

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