Henson hopes for perfect 10
Gavin Henson takes a remarkable Six Nations record into Wales' crunch clash with France.
Last Updated: 12/03/08 4:45pm
Gavin Henson has a remarkable winning record in Six Nations matches that, if it carries on, will see Wales win the Grand Slam against France on Saturday.
Henson's superb record has seen him win every game he has started for Wales in the Six Nations, winning nine out of nine starts so far.
Should Wales and Henson make it ten out of ten then they will lift the Grand Slam this season, to go along with Henson and his country's other Grand Slam in 2005.
Normally a headline-grabber, Henson has quietly gone about his business this season but has nonetheless been a star in Wales' unbeaten campaign so far.
With just the French standing in their way at the Millennium Stadium on Saturday, Henson is desperate to make it ten out of ten.
"I am aware of that record," Henson said.
"I didn't really want anyone to know until the end of the campaign but people seem to have picked up on it.
"I hope to make it 10 out of 10 this weekend."
"It has been a great campaign so far. There is one more to go and we all hope we can do it.
"It is great to be involved. There is a great feeling in the camp and confidence is really high."
Despite being a high-profile star of the Welsh side, Henson had not started a Six Nations match since 2005 until Warren Gatland took over as coach.
A fan of Henson at inside centre, Gatland has restored faith in Henson and the player is keen to repay his coach for bringing him back.
"I haven't been involved that much in the last couple of years. I feel I should have had a lot more caps," Henson added.
"I am just trying to take my chance and stay in there. I am not coming to the end of my career and I just want to get as many caps as I can.
"It is a nice hurdle to get over if a coach comes in and speaks highly of you.
"You know you have a good chance of being involved then. And if he has that faith in you, you don't want to let him down."
"It has been refreshing having a new coaching team with ideas and techniques.
I am learning at every training session and it is at an intensity I have never trained before."
After another superb all-round display in Dublin last weekend, Wales will face France with the visitors needing to win by 20 points to steal the title.
"It will be one hell of a match," said Henson.
"There is going to be a high ball-in-play time and the boys' lungs will be struggling this weekend.
"It will be a test against France as they are good athletes but we are a fit team. We are much fitter than any other team and we have proved that."