Warren Gatland said at the RBS 6 Nations launch today that Gavin Henson is not currently being considered for Wales because he isn’t playing enough rugby.
He hinted that he may come into contention if he gets a few games under his belt, but tempered that statement with, “He’s not in my thoughts at the moment because he’s not playing, is he? Until he starts playing well he’s not in contention.”
Asked how many games he might need to get ‘under his belt’, Gatland joked, “22” and then said, “I’ve no idea”.
It’s not quite clear whether his comment about Henson ‘not playing’ was after watching him stand around on the field not getting involved for Saracens, or whether he was referring to his current favoured position on the bench. The fact that he is not in contention for Wales is hardly surprising, but the reason cited was his lack of form and game time rather than any injury concerns.
Gatland rued the length of his current injury list, saying “A month ago, it looked like we’d have everyone fit and available, but that’s sport. We do have Jamie Roberts, Jon Davies, Leigh Halfpenny and Shane Williams coming back, and George North might be available at some stage.”