Henson to miss crunch Leinster clash over his boozy antics on flight

Cormac Byrne

GAVIN HENSON is unlikely to feature against Leinster next weekend after yet another drink-fuelled incident while on duty for the Cardiff Blues.

The controversial Wales rugby star (30) was reprimanded after misbehaving on the team's plane journey home from Friday's Rabo Direct Pro12 game against Glasgow Warriors.

He is now a major doubt for the crunch clash with the reigning Heineken Cup champions at the Aviva next Saturday.

Henson, a 65th-minute substitute in the Blues' humiliating 31-3 defeat at Firhill Arena, is understood to have upset fellow passengers by throwing ice cubes around the cabin on the flight between Glasgow and Cardiff. Henson was expected to meet the management team at Cardiff today to discuss whether or not he has a future with the club.

His eight-month contract is due to expire next month and sources believe there is little or no chance of it being renewed.

Henson said: "I would like to publicly apologise for drinking on that flight which is inappropriate behaviour. I remain fully focused and committed to Cardiff Blues and I hope they can accept my apology.

"I admit I had been out drinking in Glasgow on the Friday night following our game against Glasgow Warriors and had stupidly carried on drinking on the flight, for which I am truly embarrassed.

"I can see that drinking and behaving inappropriately on that flight as a professional sportsman at 7am has caused offence to members of the public, the Flybe Airline staff and passengers. I know that I have let down my team-mates, coaches, management, sponsors and, indeed my family, with my actions."