Henson shimmies to France

Gavin Henson on the field for Wales

Gavin Henson Photo: Mauro Quercia

Gavin Henson looks set to join French club Toulon after it was revealed that he has been granted a release from his contract with English club Saracens just six weeks after returning to rugby.

Saracens released a brief statement early this morning (Australian time) confirming Henson’s request to be released from his contract and their subsequent agreement.

Speculation had started to boil after it was revealed that Henson was in the south of France on Wednesday for lunch with Toulon president Mourad Boudjellal and his manager.

With the goal of securing a place in the Wales squad for the World Cup this year, Henson is said to have been disappointed with the amount of game time he was getting.

Having made only four appearances, with one start, Henson was unlikely to see play at his favoured position thanks to up and coming star Owen Farrell stepping up superbly to first-team duties for Saracens.

According to reports, Toulon are seeking midfield cover for Jonny Wilkinson who will spend the next few weeks with England on Six Nations duty.

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