26 December, 2010

Henson returns to stage but strictly on Saracens' terms: Whilst Wembley fan cashes in to the tune of £250,000:

Dancing feet: Gavin Henson wants to represent Wales at Rugby World Cup 2011:
- a stage the former "Strictly Come Dancing" star has never performed on

Gavin Henson came on as a 56th minute Saracen's substitute in today's Guinness Premiership clash between Sarries and London Wasps at Wembley today. Henson went over for a "try" that was unluckily ruled out a minute after coming onto the pitch. Saracens survived a late Wasps' fightback to earn a hard-fought 13-6 win.
"Yeah, I think it is like riding a bike (i.e. coming back to play professional rugby). I haven't done much preparation for this comeback game but I felt strong today" - said Henson in a post-match interview.

Sky Sports former England & Lions international Stuart Barnes (pictured right) has said of Henson's return to professional rugby after 21 months of "Strictly Come Dancing" exile: "There are plenty good players in Europe at the moment, but very few individuals of world-class. Before Henson's 21 month self-exile from rugby, he fitted into the 'world-class' bracket. Whether he can make a come back at the sharp end of professional rugby and force his way back into the Wales side for the upcoming Six Nations campaign and of course the Rugby World Cup, will be interesting to see."

Meanwhile, Saracens' fan Martin Rouse (pictured left) won the Half-Time Crossbar Challenge. He took a penalty-kick from the half-way-line at Wembley and the ball hit the crossbar, earning the 33-year-old a cool £250,000stg. The money is paid by Saracen's insurers and they might consider increasing their premium because it's the second year in a row that a fan has cashed in on the Boxing Day Half-Time Crossbar Challenge!

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