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No Exiles move for Henson

Booth says unsettled Henson will not be joining Exiles

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No Exiles move for Henson

Booth: No Henson contact

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London Irish boss Toby Booth insists there is next to no chance of unsettled Wales star Gavin Henson signing for the Aviva Premiership club.

Booth spoke after watching his side's 23-16 Premiership victory over Gloucester on Sunday, and insisted he had not spoken to anyone regarding Henson.

The Ospreys man has not played for 18 months after he entered a self-imposed rugby exile following his latest injury setback.

With his Ospreys contract expiring at the end of this season, he has been linked with a possible London switch, although Wasps have denied making any moves for him.

Booth says he would listen if Henson contacted him, but said it would be his decision and there is hardly a chance of Henson joining the Exiles.

No Contact

"I've had no contact on that front - the situation is pretty clear from our point of view," said Booth.

"It is not us doing Gavin Henson a favour, if he feels he wants to contribute (to the club) we will have a conversation. But we haven't spoken to him, and I don't expect to speak to him.

"We haven't considered it. It would be my decision, but we haven't held a conversation about it. There is less than a one percent chance."

On the field, Ryan Lamb punished his former club with an immaculate goal kicking displays as Irish climbed to second place in the Premiership.

Hooker James Buckland and number eight George Stowers, who was sent off during last weekend's narrow loss at Bath, added tries in each half to leave Irish three points behind unbeaten leaders Northampton.

"The facts are the facts, and we dominated the set-pieces from start to finish," added Booth.

Dominant

"Games in the Premiership are hard to win, and today was based on a fantastic scrum performance. It is a simple game built on good set-piece and forward dominance, and our scrum did the damage."

Gloucester conceded 19 penalties in a stop-start Madejski Stadium encounter, and head coach Bryan Redpath accepted his team had paid a price for their indiscipline.

"We conceded 19 penalties to Irish's seven or eight. We cut our own throats," he said.

"I thought the game was winnable for us from 10-9 behind, and we talked at half-time about the need to be smarter but there were a lot of penalties and free-kicks at scrum time.

"You have got to keep safe with it.

"Bath had 10 losses on the bounce last season and finished in the top four. There is no point getting all panicky about it - we have to keep working hard."

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