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Saturday, June 04, 2011

Gavin Henson smashed by Seru Rabeni, and other bits

The Barbarians picked up their second win in succession as they beat Wales 31-28 at the Millennium Stadium earlier today. Gavin Henson made his return in Welsh colours, but had a bit of mixed bag.

In a match that failed to really kick into gear, both sides looked a little all over the place. It was a good finish though with a nice Isa Nacewa try, and with two tanks in the Barbarians midfield, there were always going to be a few hefty tackles flying in from all directions.

Probably the biggest of the day was Fijian Seru Rabeni's massive hit on former Ospreys center Gavin Henson, who was playing for Wales for the first time since facing Ireland in 2009. It wasn't quite the return he'd hoped for, but he enjoyed being out there nevertheless.

"I am very proud today, getting back into that Welsh jersey. I have really enjoyed the week, getting back in and playing today," he said. "But I am bitterly disappointed with my performance, there were some bad decisions I made. It was a good game to be involved in and it was a pity we lost in the end."

Henson is obviously aiming to make Warren Gatland's World Cup squad, and said that he hopes the coach was impressed by the good things he did out there.

"I am not sure. I think I showed glimpses of what I could possibly do.It is not my decision, we will just have to wait and see. I would love to be involved in this summer's matches and the World Cup, but whether I did enough today I'm not sure."

Henson has since been included in Wales' provisional World Cup squad of 45, which will be reduced to 30 before August 22nd.

Below is a lighthearted look at Gavin's day, including the big tackle from Rabeni, and some of the other bits which he'd have been disappointed in. It's been uploaded very shortly after the game (by a Welshman) so is worth sharing for now, mainly because of the big hit, and perhaps a bit of a laugh for some.

Highlights of the match will probably be posted sometime over the next day or so.


Time: 01:01


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68 Comments:

  • FYI, if you didn't watch the match, he did some good too. Nice hands, decent defence. He'll more than likely be selected to play for Wales again so he has another chance to show what he can do.

    By Blogger RD, at June 04, 2011 7:33 pm  

  • do i get a 1st on a technicality?

    if so...

    1ST!!!!!!!!!!!!1

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at June 04, 2011 7:36 pm  

  • Love the song

    By Blogger Freaky Naughty o_O, at June 04, 2011 7:38 pm  

  • sad... missed the game. See England Saxons are beating USA, guess now England is favourites to win the world cup...

    By Anonymous JOT, at June 04, 2011 7:41 pm  

  • Henson is a clown if he thinks he played well today. He should go back to prancing around in sequinned pants.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at June 04, 2011 7:52 pm  

  • nice hit on gav , he took it and presented the ball,simple

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at June 04, 2011 8:23 pm  

  • Bit of anti-Henson propaganda there I think. We'll see if the coaches think he's worth a plane ticket. Funny when the TV guy asked Shanklin about Henson's performance, he switched the subject right away and said there are plenty of other players to talk about! Ha ha. I think you made your feelings known Tom.
    In other news, USA trounced by Saxons.
    Canucks beat Italy.

    By Anonymous Old7, at June 04, 2011 8:37 pm  

  • My god Rugbydump, do you know how to please.

    By Blogger cp85, at June 04, 2011 8:37 pm  

  • Pretty pathetic video.
    You could probably get an hours worth of embarrassing footage from ronan o gara or quade cooper

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at June 04, 2011 8:44 pm  

  • Gavin Henson...a guy ya just gotta love to hate. I do, at least. This video was certainly worth a smile!

    But that shouldn't keep me from admitting he's a pretty darned good player when his head is on his shoulders instead of up his ass...

    (Anon at 8:44pm, if that's true, then why don't you go ahead and do that, put some humorous music to it, and submit it to the site? I bet the owner would even appreciate the help in creating content for the site.)

    By Anonymous orange, at June 04, 2011 9:06 pm  

  • I thought it was down to us to give one sided views on players ?

    got it up pretty fast to , fantastic to see the neutral rugby videos blog doing a great job !

    Less of this

    By Anonymous Phii, at June 04, 2011 9:07 pm  

  • I didn't like the video too much too but... come on, don't be so arsh to RD.
    It's just humuristic, for who finds it funny...
    whatever, everybody talks shit about gavin, so it's like a single drop in the fuckin ocean.

    Really hope he gets his shit together sooner rather then later.

    By Anonymous Carlos, at June 04, 2011 9:14 pm  

  • And another thing.
    I think the world cup would be much better with him playing well. It's a shame you have only 11 top nations or so in the world and one of them is playing like crap.

    Wales' game is pretty boring this days, and it doesn't surprise me with only hook and shane williams having some creativity in their game right now. I feel kinda sad when i watch them play, they limit their game to run forward hoping to run over teh opposiotion. With gavin playing well they may play more criativelly.

    Isn't wales the team with the biggest players around? they're like all 1,90m plus and 100kg plus, except 3 or 4 players. They should be able to do much better.

    And I'm portuguese so... just a neutral fan that loves the sport.

    By Anonymous Carlos, at June 04, 2011 9:23 pm  

  • Hey Phii, get over yourself. This is a free website so has the right to publish whatever they want and do a really good job doing it. If you want an unbiased website build your own. I for one really enjoyed watching this egotistical moron being smashed. If he'd kept his head down over the years this vid wouldn't have even been made and he would have been noted for his rugby and not his hair.

    By Anonymous jimbo1, at June 04, 2011 9:24 pm  

  • Henson is a good player, its just the fact he has a hideous loyalty issue and work ethic.

    He seems to have a problem with not being picked and therefore he "quits" rather than proving the selectors wrong.

    I think he is a good player I just wish his brain was a little more switched on.

    No biggie about the WC anyway, Wales won't make it passed the quarters..

    And NZ will choke.

    I predict another saffa whitewash!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at June 04, 2011 9:24 pm  

  • Henson is a good player, its just the fact he has a hideous loyalty issue and work ethic.

    He seems to have a problem with not being picked and therefore he "quits" rather than proving the selectors wrong.

    I think he is a good player I just wish his brain was a little more switched on.

    No biggie about the WC anyway, Wales won't make it passed the quarters..

    And NZ will choke.

    I predict another saffa whitewash!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at June 04, 2011 9:24 pm  

  • Phil = worried Welshman

    Namibia are coming for you! (never mind Fiji and Samoa)

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at June 04, 2011 9:52 pm  

  • " Phii said...
    I thought it was down to us to give one sided views on players ?

    got it up pretty fast to , fantastic to see the neutral rugby videos blog doing a great job !

    Less of this"

    The fuckin arrogance... if u owned a blog as successfull as this one and get comments like this for the stuff you put on, would you like that shit?
    Yeah say you dont like the vid or sugest stuff but "less of this"? wtf, do you own the world?
    There's too many people complayning about the videos in this blog, you don't even pay for this, and i bet besides commenting, you never even contributed for the blog.

    so much negativity... it's not because of people like you that things like this blog exist.
    hope people responsible for the blog ignore this kind of stuff.

    By Anonymous Carlos, at June 04, 2011 9:55 pm  

  • "You could probably get an hours worth of embarrassing footage from ronan o gara or quade cooper"

    You could up also upload hours of footage of them winning games and trophies too.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at June 04, 2011 9:57 pm  

  • Will you be uploading the highlights from USA vs Saxons? PLENTY of tries there, and worth it just to see some of the good stuff. Canada vs Italy A was less exciting but also worth showing if possible.

    By Anonymous K-Dogg, at June 04, 2011 10:00 pm  

  • It's a just a bit of banter!

    He's a great player but as someone said, if he didnt draw such attention to himself with ridiculous off field antics, he wouldnt be the source of gimmicks like this.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at June 04, 2011 10:44 pm  

  • To be honest, I agree with Neil Jenkins, who said that in order to be selecte for the World Cup you have to be running in some strong form.

    Henson's selection was just based in reputation and history rather than form. Personally I think that this guy doesn't belong to these big stages. He's let an awful lot of people down in little time, and those decisions have been his own, nobody forced him to do anything. He just seems not to love the game, and is kind of displicent towards selection. To em this guy's mind is like "Oh, I've got a reputation of being a good enough player so I'll say some stuff to the media to put some pressure on the coaches so I can envigorize my chances of going to the World Cup, and I won't have to make that much of an effort".

    I don't know the guy personally but everything I've heard about him is plain awful, for many, many years now. Definitely Davies, Roberts, Biggar, Hook, North deserve a spot in the Wales XV way more tha he does.

    All this is, of course, my personal opinion.

    Cheers

    By Anonymous Juggernauter, at June 04, 2011 11:08 pm  

  • " Phii said...
    I thought it was down to us to give one sided views on players ?

    got it up pretty fast to , fantastic to see the neutral rugby videos blog doing a great job !

    Less of this"

    maybe it turned up quickly because it's the only thing the rugby press has been talking about all week, so people would presumably want to know how he did, and lets be honest, that was his most outstanding moment.

    Mason on the other hand looked pretty good for a guy whose only been playing this code for a few weeks. Couple of good offloads and seems to have thea ability to go through 3 people.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at June 04, 2011 11:15 pm  

  • big love for rabeni! come back to tigers!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at June 04, 2011 11:53 pm  

  • lol stunning.

    He draws attention to himself by proclaiming to be this and that and shitting on every club that gives him a chance. Do stupid things like that and expect a MASSIVE amount of pisstaking at your expensive.

    By Anonymous Henson sucks, at June 05, 2011 12:56 am  

  • dont particularly like the man but as a player he is interesting to watch usualy, cant take tht away from him. however...... that was a nice hit, and rather glad that henson was on the receiving end of it :-)

    By Anonymous Stag, at June 05, 2011 1:17 am  

  • You should check out the Welsh fanboys on that shit forum Gwlad, they have a constant boner for Gavin Henson despite the fact that he's so fucking crud.

    Backwards in the valleys butt aye.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at June 05, 2011 1:24 am  

  • Haha, Mr Orange, say hello to Mr Karma.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at June 05, 2011 1:41 am  

  • Even if you hate the guy that much, what sort of a loser makes a compilation of cock ups (to music!) about him? The cock ups are boring anyway!

    Rubbish video

    By Anonymous yehyehyeh, at June 05, 2011 1:59 am  

  • 'big love for rabeni! come back to tigers!'

    Rabeni is quality on his day, runs hard and so good in defence but he was (and presumably still is) far too injury prone so tigers let him go

    By Anonymous Rob, at June 05, 2011 3:23 am  

  • Lets see some of that USA College 7's highlights whenever possible!!! (Henson doesn't stand a chance for the WC)

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at June 05, 2011 3:47 am  

  • This video smells of Combatcock and his horrible videos... Funny though that tool seems to have disappeared considering the Bok are back to their loosing ways.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at June 05, 2011 4:42 am  

  • ^You sound like a tool yourself, buddy.

    Not sure what the Boks might be "loosing", but since South Africa has little to nothing to do with this video, I think you're just here to troll.

    By Anonymous i love bacon, at June 05, 2011 5:49 am  

  • what's the name of the song?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at June 05, 2011 5:58 am  

  • Whats ur beef with combatbok? his videos own and im an aussie

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at June 05, 2011 7:22 am  

  • Fantastic video, the guy is a disgrace to rugby. Self centred, disloyal and hugely overrated by the Welsh. No pace, poor tackler and can't kick anymore without injuring himself.

    Find yourself a career in football or advertising bingo.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at June 05, 2011 7:44 am  

  • 'Back to their losing ways' ?
    You might want to check their latest results and world ranking.

    Make some videos yourself and big up your own team, if you dont like how others make theirs.

    Totally unjustified trolling there mate.

    Funny video. Song sums him up perfectly!

    By Anonymous James, at June 05, 2011 9:02 am  

  • He definitely still has the handling skills, has always been very good at putting others into space. (apart from that MASSIVELY forward pass obviously).

    His lack of game time defintely showed, and even though off the field his moronic actions have been well documented, Wales need a fit and firing henson at his best, sorry guys! but its true, and if he can get anywhere near his best form again hats off to him.

    By Anonymous David, at June 05, 2011 10:02 am  

  • Gavin Henson - tiny blip in the rugby galaxy.

    Willie Mason did more in 10 minutes and he's a league man.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at June 05, 2011 10:23 am  

  • RD - any chance you can find Rabeni's decapitation of Henry Trinder from last week's match v England? Was about 10 mins from the end

    By Anonymous jackohos, at June 05, 2011 11:03 am  

  • @rob

    I know but a back line of him and both tuilagis would be great to watch. probably not very good but still great to watch!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at June 05, 2011 11:38 am  

  • Gavin Henson, what a dick

    Loved the vid, funny tune

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at June 05, 2011 11:46 am  

  • has henson signed and left stade francais yet?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at June 05, 2011 11:46 am  

  • @ James: Bok are 3rd in the world after getting OWNED in the tri-nations, were you implying that they are No.1?

    And Combatbok is a wanker, anyone who disagrees is a liar or South African.. Anyone who makes videos on other teams failures or positively shows spear tackles is a COMPLETE TOOL, much like yourself

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at June 05, 2011 1:07 pm  

  • Be fair to Henson though, he said he had a bit of an awful game..

    Rabeni is massive too..

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at June 05, 2011 1:51 pm  

  • Sit down.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at June 05, 2011 2:01 pm  

  • To the anon hater.

    No one cares about the Tri-Nations. Watch this year - it will be used to test fringe players before the thing that really counts, the world cup.

    And we all know who the current world champs are, The mighty Bokke.

    Fag.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at June 05, 2011 2:55 pm  

  • I love that all the name calling and abuse comes from anonymous posters. If you've got an opinion, have some balls and put a name to it.

    Back to the vid: I can't wait to see the full highlights from this game! Another amazing outing for the Barbarians!

    By Blogger SmellyNerfherder, at June 05, 2011 5:16 pm  

  • Henson sucks

    By Anonymous SmellyNerfherder, at June 05, 2011 5:39 pm  

  • I hope wales take henson to the world cup, it will just consolidate what a hilarious rugby nation they are.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at June 05, 2011 5:47 pm  

  • at anon 5:47, Wales a hilarios rugby nation? is it in the benefit of rugby to take the piss out of other nations? fyi, Wales has done so much for rugby over the years. If you think differently then you need to read up on the history of rugby union.as for the vid, it was funny and a good hit. henson played shit and personally i don´t think at this stage he deserves a world cup place but that´s not for me to decide plus he could improve. I think Wales will get it together for the world cup, hopefully the team will play as a unit and prove that they are not just there to make up the numbers. Wales showed some promise in that game, could have done with jamie roberts in henson´s place. come on WALES!!!

    By Anonymous steakhausmeister, at June 05, 2011 6:13 pm  

  • I thought some of hensons passing was great, he looked a bit rusty but atleast he didnt get injured.
    Give him a few more games to settle in and he should hit some good form eventually.

    By Anonymous WelshOsprey, at June 05, 2011 6:20 pm  

  • Made me chuckle,even as a Welsh person haha!He doesn't deserve a place in the squad in my opinion,I think it's time to show off the talent our younger players have.Although we lost,I noticed a big difference when all the subs came on,they seemed to add a bit of extra spark,pity that they didn't pick up a win.

    By Anonymous Morgan., at June 05, 2011 7:52 pm  

  • morgan stoddart cant tackle for shit get someone else in there asap

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at June 05, 2011 9:37 pm  

  • IF YOU DON'T KNOW ME PERSONALLY, DON'T FUCKING JUDGE ME!!!!
    Gav.

    By Anonymous Thee Gavin Henson, at June 05, 2011 10:41 pm  

  • The last try was amazing

    By Blogger Chief Financial Shaman, at June 06, 2011 2:09 am  

  • To Thee Gavin Henson

    I apologise unreservedly.

    By Blogger RememberTheMer, at June 06, 2011 3:23 am  

  • awoseme :P

    By Anonymous Alex Wilkins, at June 06, 2011 10:13 am  

  • You know a player is a dick when even his own countrymen laugh at him. All of the Welsh lads I know can't stand the fool. There's still a bunch of them who only watch games on TV that idolise the orange prick though.

    It made me laugh when Shanklin wouldn't even comment on him and Jamie Roberts can't stand the pleb either.

    Go back to sponging off women Gav, rugby is a mans game. Great hit by Rabeni

    By Anonymous Ben, at June 06, 2011 11:06 am  

  • Where the hell was Visser?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at June 06, 2011 12:22 pm  

  • Gavin Henson, cunt

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at June 06, 2011 1:47 pm  

  • Haha so funny, who says karma doesn't exist

    By Anonymous Charlotte, at June 06, 2011 5:07 pm  

  • Thee Gavin Henson > Nobody is judging him, just pointing out the fact that he sucks at rugby.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at June 06, 2011 5:08 pm  

  • It says many terrible things about the human condition that someone made a video focusing on a single player and deliberately excluded any good things he did.
    Considering how few people look at the comments this is basically a lie which satisfies many ingrained prejudices.
    Great.

    By Anonymous Mr Lif, at June 06, 2011 8:08 pm  

  • ha ha henson you auldone!!!!
    stick to applying fake tan, your better at it..... boom.

    By Blogger Ronan, at June 06, 2011 9:31 pm  

  • A taste for Orange...

    Quade Cooper
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GylqHzh9bCQ

    Ronan O'Gara
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4-JToT2_ZBo

    To give Henson some credit, it seemed he still hadn't regained his balance 100%.

    By Anonymous Tim, at June 07, 2011 11:31 am  

  • typical fijian physicallity too bad henson didn't have side mirrors hehe

    By Anonymous ndingndong, at June 07, 2011 5:34 pm  

  • Mr Lif: It says many terrible things about the human condition that a poster would focus on a single video by a YouTube user and deliberately exclude any other videos they upload.

    Great.

    PS, it's no longer 1967, you don't need to tab for each new paragraph.

    By Anonymous Bingo, at June 07, 2011 7:04 pm  

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