Gavin Henson involved in alleged punch-up with a Bath team-mate
Wales international said to have been knocked to the ground according to witnesses
Friday 12 July 2013
Bath are investigating an incident involving new signing Gavin Henson after he was allegedly punched by a team-mate in a town centre pub.
Wales international Henson, who only joined the club last month after he was released by London Welsh, was involved in the fracas in the Pig and Fiddle pub in Bath, with early reports believing the other player to be Carl Fearns.
The incident was reported on Wednesday night, with the Aviva Premiership club confirming that they are looking into the matter in a statement made earlier today.
“The club are investigating the matter as a priority and will only make a statement when further information is available."
Avon and Somerset Police have confirmed that they received a call on the night reporting “aggressive behaviour” but the group left the pub while the caller was on the line, with officers not needing to attend the scene.
Witnesses are quoted as saying Henson was “swanning around like he owned the place” before the incident occurred, with Henson being knocked to the floor during the ordeal.
"One of the other players told him to calm down and after a bit of a to-ing and fro-ing he just hit him," said another witness.
"Henson went out like a light for about five minutes. He just lay there like a lump, right on the floor."
No charges are being investigated as police were not needed, but the Pig and Fiddle have declined to comment on the matter and Henson’s representatives could not be contacted earlier today.
However, a CCTV video has since appeared on the Daily Mail showing the incident, displaying a vicious punch that leaves Henson prone on the floor.
The incident is the latest in a career which has seen Henson fall from grace after what looked to be a promising international career, with the west country club becoming his fifth in just two years.
Henson, who can play at fly-half, centre or full-back, has 31 caps for Wales, but has failed to add to his collection since his last appearance in 2011.
He burst onto the scene in 2005, with a memorable dump tackle on England’s Mathew Tait announcing his arrival as Wales clinched their first Grand Slam since 1978.
But he was accused of disorderly conduct two years later when traveling on a train back from London to Cardiff, being described as rowdy by other passengers.
He was sacked last April by Cardiff Blues for drunkenly throwing ice-cubes at other passengers on a flight back from Glasgow, and he was in trouble again with French side Toulon when he was suspended for a week for drunkenly criticising fly-half Jonny Wilkinson and captain Joe van Niekerk, though he was later sacked by the club for his part in a brawl.
Bath chief executive Nick Blofeld said Henson had started a new chapter of his life when he signed last month.
He said: “I think Gavin is much more settled and mature person than that image we have in our heads.”
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