Henson boost for Wales

Gavin Henson will only miss two of Wales’s Six Nations matches after his ban was reduced by a European Rugby Cup appeals tribunal.

Henson had been found guilty of intentionally elbowing Leicester’s Italian prop Alex Moreno in a European Cup tie on 18 December and was slapped with a 10-week and two-days ban. This has now been reduced to seven-weeks and two-days.

The centre will now only miss the opener against England at Twickenham on 4 February, but will probably also sit out the Scotland Test as his ban only ends on the eve of the match.

Henson refused to comment after the hearing, but the Ospreys issued a brief statement saying: “It is still disappointing, but at least there has been a reduction.

“We felt justified in appealing the initial ban. There could have been more sympathy for Gavin, but we have accepted the panel’s decision.”