Henson on rollercoaster career from Wales hero to Strictly to Sunday League

Gavin Henson was the golden boy of Welsh rugby.

He kicked his country to their first win over arch rivals England in six years on a dramatic day in Cardiff in 2005.

Soon, his relationship with singer Charlotte Church saw them become the 'Posh and Becks' of Wales.

Injuries struck and his rugby career took a backseat as appearances on reality TV followed.

He featured on The Bachelor, 71 Degrees North and, most famously, Strictly Come Dancing.

With his rugby career coming to an end last year, Henson, 38, knows he will be "remembered as someone who didn't reach his potential" and admits such a notion is "probably true".

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But he says he has no regrets over his ventures into reality TV, telling the Daily Mail : "I just needed time out of the game. I was living on fresh air so I needed money.

"They were great experiences, I'm so glad I had those."

Often, drink proved his undoing.

Henson was famously involved in an alleged bust-up with Toulon team-mates which saw him depart France, whilst he punched a team-mate at Bath and was sacked by Cardiff Blues over drunken antics flying back from a game.

"I did have fun," he admits. "I probably wasn't professional enough because I liked to have a drink… I was a young, single guy most of that time and I wanted to go out and meet girls."

Despite departing the Dragons at the end of last season – but he still can't resist stepping onto the grass.

Now a pub landlord of The Fox pub in St Brides Major, he is a regular in a their Sunday League side.

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It is a far cry from the Principality Stadium or Twickenham, but Henson admits he still has a target on his back on the parks of south Wales.

Comparing his playing style to David Beckham, he says: "Everyone has been leaving their boot in.

"What I don't understand, all they want to do is nutmeg me!"

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