Prove You're Good Enough, Gav

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Prove You're Good Enough, Gav


Byline: By ANDY HOWELL Western Mail

Scott johnson has challenged Gavin Henson to show he's good enough to join Wales' bid for back-to-back Six Nations Championship titles.

And the skills guru defended the decision to exclude the Ospreys star from the Wales squad while he was serving a 51-day ban for elbowing Leicester prop Alejandro Moreno in the face during a stormy Heineken Cup clash in December.

Johnson insisted it was the right thing to do, even though forwards Dafydd Jones and Ian Evans have both trained regularly with the national squad while being suspended.

Each case, Johnson stressed, had to be judged on its own merits and he was adamant Henson's exclusion had nothing to do with his controversial book last autumn which angered both his team-mates and the Welsh management.

Asked what Henson had to do to win a place in the squad for remaining Six Nations matches, against Ireland at Lansdowne Road on Sunday week, and at home to Italy and France, Johnson replied, 'Play well.

'It's up to Gavin to see how he performs. He's a class player and we will be reviewing how he plays.'

Henson should make his comeback from suspension when the Ospreys entertain Border Reivers in the Celtic League at the Liberty Stadium on Friday night.

If all goes well, Henson could expect to return to Wales headquarters on Sunday for the build-up to the Ireland game.

But Henson's popularity - or lack of it - in the camp has been underlined by the fact that he has not trained with Mike Ruddock's squad during his playing exile.

Johnson, however, claimed Henson's presence would have increased the pressure on rookie Test centre pairing Matthew Watkins and Hal Luscombe. …

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