Former Wales and British and Irish Lions fly-half Gavin Henson could make his rugby league debut against Widnes, the team that courted him early in his rugby union career. The 39-year-old has switched codes with League 1 club West Wales Raiders, whose first match of the 2021 season will be a Betfred Challenge Cup tie against former Super League club Widnes, who were known as the Cup kings in their heyday.
“I told Clive a few clubs were interested but he said I only really wanted to go there if it was St Helens or Wigan and it was neither of those two clubs,” he said. “I think it was Widnes. But I did contemplate it a little bit. It’s something I wish I did, but didn’t. It’s nice now to have a go at this level and see where it takes me.”
“There’s been a lot of stuff happening off the field which has been positive but the main thing is on the field,” he added. “If we can take a scalp, that would be great. People would probably respect us a bit more and youngsters coming through might start looking more at rugby league as well.”