Henson to pull out of tour

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Gavin Henson is set to rule himself out of next month's Wales tour to North America and so give up any hopes of a late Lions call-up to South Africa.

The Ospreys centre is recovering from an ankle injury he sustained a month ago but the 27-year-old will be approaching fitness by the time Wales embark on their two-Test tour of Canada and the US at the end of May.

It is understood Henson feels he requires a full pre-season of conditioning work to relaunch his career and is prepared to forsake whatever chance he had of moving up from the standby list into Ian McGeechan's squad.

* Hugh Southwell, the Scotland full-back, will leave Edinburgh at the end of the season and join Stade Français. The 29-year-old has signed a two-year contract with the French giants.

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