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Henson offers no excuses

Gavin Henson admits Wales deserved to lose to Ireland at Lansdowne Road.

Wales centre Gavin Henson conceded his side had been deservedly beaten by Ireland at Lansdowne Road.

Henson replaced the injured Stephen Jones at fly half after 20 minutes of the first half, but looked off-the-pace as Ireland ran in three tries to take a 31-5 win.

It was Henson's first appearance in the 2006 Six Nations as injury and suspension have ruined the first half of his season.

"It is great to be back in the fold but it was a difficult day. They did outskill us, they were the better team by far," admitted Henson.

"We did all we possibly could. They were just the better team on the day."

Henson acknowledged his unexpected early introduction had thrown him back into the international fray in less than ideal circumstances.

"You couldn't imagine I'd be coming on after 20 minutes to play at 10," he added.

"This was an international match and the pace was so fast.

"I've been out for a while and I'd forgotten what the pace is like. I found it hard to deal with and it showed.

"I need game-time - but that is coming in massive matches. I will just have to learn and get up to the pace as quickly as possible.

"It has been such a frustrating season for me because I haven't played. My confidence is not as high as when I finished off last season but I am trying to build that up."

And after a traumatic fortnight for Welsh rugby following Grand Slam winning coach Mike Ruddock decision to quit, Henson denied there were any morale problems within the squad.

"The last time I was involved in the squad was last year in the Grand Slam when everything was rosy," he said.

"Coming back this time I didn't know what to expect but it has been exactly the same.

"There was good banter amongst the boys, good feeling so not much has changed."


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