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Gavin Henson Believes He Can Still Make Wales’ 2019 World Cup Squad

Gavin Henson is currently enjoying a new lease of life under Bernard Jackman at the Dragons since he signed a two-year contract which began at the beginning of this season. 

The Irish head coach sees Henson as an important cog in the Dragons machine which has seen them play a very expansive and exciting brand of rugby this season. Although results haven’t exactly gone their way thus far, they have come close to claiming some considerable scalps and with a raft of quality players set to sign for the club ahead of next season, things are lookings bright at Rodney Parade.

Henson turns 36 in February and although many people would scoff at the idea of him making his way back into the Wales reckoning, you have to to admire the former Toulon player’s ambition as he sets his sights on playing with his country at the 2019 World Cup.

“I think for me if I have got a chance of getting back in that Welsh set-up, it will probably be next season in the run-up to that [2019] World Cup,” Henson told The Times. “I need to play a lot better than I am. I need to be 20 or 30 percent better than anyone around to get into that set-up. Because of my age that is understandable.

“But that is what I will keep striving for. I still believe that can happen. I still believe I have got that game within me. I think I show glimpses of it at the moment. But it is about doing it for 80 minutes, every week. There is plenty of time. Obviously, my goal is that World Cup.”

It’s all about consistency for Henson, he needs to be able to show his improved form week in, week out and throughout a whole game rather than some glimpses throughout an 80-minute performance.

Of course, his club will need to perform better too if Henson is to stake a serious claim of adding to his tally of 33 international caps. However, he believes the project which Jackman is trying to build at the Dragons suits him down to the ground and provides the ideal opportunity for him to achieve his goal.

“It’s nice, a great environment for me to keep on improving, especially under Bernard,” Henson says. “It’s a fit team that suits me, and it is a young squad.”

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Author: Sean McMahon

Sean is Deputy Editor and head rugby writer. You can contact him by email or on Twitter