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Williams expects Henson to return for Wales

Shane Williams believes his fellow Wales international Gavin Henson will play Test rugby again.

Henson, a team-mate of Williams at the Ospreys until he went on unpaid leave last year, is thought to be on the verge of clinching a deal with Aviva Premiership club Saracens.

Centre Henson won the last of his 31 caps against Ireland in March 2009, and he will again be absent when Wales launch their four-game autumn series with an appointment with Australia next week.

He has though, underlined an ambition to be part of Wales' World Cup squad in New Zealand next year.

"I would love to see him back on the field, preferably with Ospreys and Wales," said wing Williams. "He is such a talent.

"I hope he comes back eventually. If it's with Saracens so be it, but I would like to see him with us.

"I am sure he will play for Wales again. He is keeping himself fit, and he is the sort of player who will play some good rugby after a couple of games."

Wales assistant coach Neil Jenkins, meanwhile, has welcomed the prospect of Henson making his return to rugby union.

Saracens could confirm a move by the end of this week. Henson trained with the Hertfordshire club on Monday.

Henson's prospective new club, though, still need to reach an agreement with the Ospreys, who are likely to want compensation for any Henson move. He is under contract with them until next May.

Henson is also currently appearing on the BBC's Strictly Come Dancing series, a commitment that could last until Christmas.

Jenkins said: "Gav is a fantastic player, and getting back involved in the game, good luck to him.

"We want our best players playing, and Gav is certainly one of those.

"If he does get back on the park, good on him, and hopefully we will see him soon at some point."

Saracens chief executive Edward Griffiths said earlier this week there were some "outstanding issues" to resolve with the Ospreys, who have yet to comment on the possibility of Henson leaving Wales for Watford.