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Toulon will give Gavin Henson a second chance

The Wales centre has earned a reprieve by the French giants following an alleged incident with his teammates.

PARIS // Gavin Henson, the troubled Wales centre, has been given a second chance by Toulon, the French Top 14 side, having initially been told to leave the club following a breach of discipline.

He was suspended two weeks ago by the club with unconfirmed reports saying Henson had fought with a teammate following a match.

"This morning, the president Mourad Boudjellal and his staff at Toulon Rugby Club decided to reinstate Wales centre Gavin Henson into the Toulon squad," read a club statement on their website.

Henson was also released from his contract with Saracens in February after just two months with the London club. He then joined Toulon on a short-term deal the same month and had hoped to win a longer contract.

Having been out of the game for 18 months due to injury and off-field distractions such as a reality TV dancing show, Henson was battling to show glimpses of the form that made him a key member of Wales's Grand Slam winning teams in 2005 and 2008.

However, injury and the suspension mean he has played only two games for Toulon.

He last played an international in March 2009 but had said he hoped his performances in France would earn a Wales recall and feature at the rugby World Cup in September in New Zealand.