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Henson's future up in air

GAVIN HENSON'S rugby career is in the balance after he was sacked by the Cardiff Blues following his alcohol-fuelled behaviour on a flight from Glasgow on Saturday morning.

The 33-cap Wales centre, 30, had already been suspended by the club due to his antics as the Blues returned home after their 31-3 hammering at the hands of the Warriors in Friday's RaboDirect PRO12 encounter.

Henson subsequently issued an apology for his behaviour and admitted he had been out drinking following the match and had continued to drink on the flight. But his appearance as a replacement against Glasgow was his eighth and last for the Blues, as his contract was terminated following a meeting of the club's management yesterday morning.

And the question must now be whether another club will be willing to take a chance on the British and Irish Lion.

In a club statement, chief executive Richard Holland said: "Gavin admitted himself that his behaviour was totally unacceptable and the immediate termination of his contract sends out a clear message that behaviour like that will not be tolerated at the Blues.

"However, we would like to thank him for his service and wish him the best of luck with his future career."

The airline Flybe had launched their own investigation into the incident, and they confirmed Henson has been banned from using their services for six months as a result of his actions.