Gavin Henson says he has had his eyes opened in his first three training sessions in rugby league as he prepares to make his debut in the 13-man code. The former Wales and British and Irish Lions fly-half is set to come out of retirement at the age of 39 after switching codes and signing for third-tier part-timers West Wales Raiders for 2021.
“I’m very much looking forward to it and I’m looking forward to seeing who we get in the cup,” Henson said. “I’ve been messing around playing football but missing the contact side. It’s nice to get a ball in my hands.”
“So I thought ‘go on, I’ll give it a go’. I’ve always watched rugby league and thought it would be quite cool to have a go at.” he added. “Playing at this level, where the commitment is only a Tuesday and Thursday night and playing on a Saturday or Sunday suits me. I’m getting a bit older now but hopefully, I can get a season or two in, let’s wait and see.”
“I had my first session last Tuesday, so three sessions in now and it’s pretty tough,” he continued. “To be fair I haven’t trained for two years so I don’t know whether it’s a bit of that or that rugby league training is savage. I’m a bit behind but I’ve got about six weeks to a game if I get picked so I’m just working hard to get back in shape now.”