Henson 'not the player he was' says Scott Johnson

Scott Johnson said Wales centre Gavin Henson is not the player he was following his return to the international stage.

Henson made his first appearance for Wales for two years in their thrilling 31-28 defeat by the Barbarians in Cardiff on Saturday.

Johnson, Henson's former boss at the Ospreys, was an interested onlooker as a member of the Baa-Baas coaching team.

"He isn't the Gavin of old. I think that's clear to say," said Johnson.

"To be fair he hasn't played a lot of rugby.

"But it doesn't say he can't get back there. He's played limited rugby and today it showed in some cases.

"But he's a quality player and he's got time in his favour. That's for someone else to worry about now."

Henson himself spoke of his frustration after the game at the Millennium Stadium and said he was disappointed with his performance.

The player, who is without a club following his departure from Toulon, provided the pass for George North's try which opened the scoring.

"I enjoyed it a little bit but I'm a little bit disappointed with some of the decisions I made out there," said Henson.

"[I'm] probably a bit rusty to be honest and it was obvious to see.

"But I think I showed some nice glimpses as well. Hopefully I can be involved in the summer internationals.

"I tried my best but there were a few mistakes. I think everyone made a few mistakes today. It was so disappointing we lost it at the end.

"That's not a habit you want to keep on doing. We want to start winning now."

The former Ospreys player has been included in Wales' 45-man preliminary World Cup squad.

As part of their preparations for the World Cup, Warren Gatland's side will play three Tests in August.

They will face England home and away before Argentina visit Cardiff on 20 August and Henson is keen to be involved.

"I've loved being back involved. I've really missed it," he said.

"It's been great training with this squad of players. They're all so young and they're all great athletes.

"The future's looking great for Wales and it was nice to be part of it."

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