Wales centre Gavin Henson insists he'll be ready to face England in Six Nations

By Chris Foy for the Daily Mail

Six appeal: Henson insists he will be ready to play against England if called upon

Six appeal: Henson insists he will be ready to play against England if called upon

Gavin Henson believes that his chances of making a Test comeback in the Six Nations after an absence of almost two years have been enhanced by Wales' poor autumn series.

In the aftermath of the defeat against New Zealand which concluded a winless campaign, coach Warren Gatland expressed a desire to see the 28-year-old centre back in the national team. 

Henson signed for Saracens last month but has yet to make his debut for the Aviva Premiership club, as he is still involved in Strictly Come Dancing. However, the former Ospreys centre - who plans to convert to stand-off - remains convinced he can return to international rugby with the minimum of preparation time, especially after Wales recorded three defeats and a draw this month.

'The boys haven't done too well so I've probably got a good chance of getting back in there,' he said.'It's nice he (Gatland) is thinking about me (for the Six Nations). Hopefully that's the plan. Obviously I'm with Saracens now so I'm doing my rugby training as well.

'I'm feeling good. I'm not too far off the pace so before the end of the year I should be playing and hopefully getting a couple of games in before the Six Nations.'

Putting his best foot forward: Henson is still involved in Strictly Come Dancing

Putting his best foot forward: Henson is still involved in Strictly Come Dancing

The Strictly finals weekend is on December 18-19, so if Henson progresses that far he won't be available to play for Saracens until their Boxing Day clash against Wasps at Wembley.

The Welshman is not registered for European competition, so he cannot play in the back-to-back Heineken Cup matches against Racing Metro next month. Whatever happens in the coming weeks, he is convinced that he can be ready for the championship, starting against England at the Millennium Stadium on Friday, February 4.

'I believe it's going to go well,' he said. 'I want to be in that Six Nations. It's always been in my plan and then to go on to the World Cup.' London Irish announced that Sailosi Tagicakibau and Chris Hala'ufia have agreed long-term deals to stay at the club.



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