The enigmatic Newport Gwent Dragons centre Gavin Henson has warranted praise for his reaction to being dropped for the club's upcoming Guinness Pro14 Test against South Wales rivals Swansea Ospreys.
The 35-year-old publicly apologised on Twitter for a lacklustre performance against Cardiff Blues at Rodney Parade on Boxing day.
He was responsible for Rey Lee-Lo's try and the Blues' 20-year-old centre Owen Lane upended the former Wales man at one point during the match.
Dragons supporters were initially shocked on Twitter at Henson's omission from the squad to face Ospreys on New Year's Eve.
One fan tweeted: "No @gavinhenson82 and no explanation...don't you hate that. Either injured, punished for not a great game v blues, rested? But not even on the bench against his former club...wierd!."
Henson replied with: "Yeah, sorry, I wasn't physical enough in the contact area, especially after being bounced off so I've lost my place. It's an area of my game that isn't great at the moment so working hard on putting that right."
The centre's response was welcomed with an outpouring of positive messages from Dragons fans in support of the Welsh veteran centre, who has made nine appearances for the Pro12 side this season.
Cries of "respect" and "class is permanent" could be seen in the thread. One Twitter user exclaimed: "My son and I think you’ve been awesome at the Dragons Gav."
The 2005 and 2008 Wales Grand Slam winner has another season left on his current Dragons contract and has hinted at entering a coaching career after the 2018/2019 campaign.
More imminently, though, Henson must force his way back into the Dragons first team and help improve their league position. The South Wales team currently sit second bottom of the Guiness Pro14 Conference B league on 14 points - 10 above Southern Kings who occupy bottom spot.
Since penning a two-year contract in March 2017 after his move from Bristol, Henson has made 58 tackles and 219 passes and won 20 penalties. His performances have been resurgent according to many Dragons fans this season.
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