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Rugby League is hard enough to get into for Union players in general, let alone a 39-year-old who last played in 2019.

I really hope this is a massive success on all fronts. Firstly it is an education for him, working out where he best fits into the 13-man game.

Secondly, and especially leading into the World Cup, in terms of profile and coverage we may otherwise not get.

I'm not saying he will rip it up and get into the Wales squad on merit but the attention it'll give WRL would be beneficial.

Either way good luck to the bloke. Big task and very interesting. 

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My path and his crossed quite a lot almost a decade ago in RU. I have never seen such a gap between (potentially what was then) the public perception and the reality. A lovely, decent, down to earth b

https://www.hulldailymail.co.uk/sport/rugby-league/rugby-league-news/gavin-henson-rugby-league-wales-4990029 Good on him Hope he has a good season or two and creates a bit of publicity in Wa

Saw an interview with him on one of the Betfred social channels. He comes across well. He mentions he thinks he'll be playing 6 with Rangi Chase at 7. Him playing one side and Rangi the other. Wi

On 14/02/2021 at 10:28, graveyard johnny said:

no, but it might have been.

It could be for Gavin. Imagine if he finds he’s a great fit and loves it so much he then wishes he had switched years ago, then it would be a what might have been!

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On 11/02/2021 at 15:38, John Rhino said:

"The game is so tactical and I didn't realise that from watching it. I just thought it's hit it up for three or four, then have a go and kick"

Well who knew that?

https://www.skysports.com/rugby-league/news/12196/12214515/gavin-henson-former-wales-international-surprised-by-intensity-of-rugby-league-training-sessions

I find this a really interesting point.  That an international Rugby Union player cannot see the tactical and game management side of Rugby League. 

I suspect a lot in the game probably don't realise how tactical the elite level is and it is only when you see top level coaches dissect a game do you see the nuances involved. 

My question is, does this perception of the game being all brute and no brain hold us back and how do we change it?

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1 hour ago, Dunbar said:

I find this a really interesting point.  That an international Rugby Union player cannot see the tactical and game management side of Rugby League. 

I suspect a lot in the game probably don't realise how tactical the elite level is and it is only when you see top level coaches dissect a game do you see the nuances involved. 

My question is, does this perception of the game being all brute and no brain hold us back and how do we change it?

How to change it?

the content we produce - tactical features on social media, coaches corner etc etc.

(The FootyAssistant on Instagram is fine proof of how tactically nuanced our game is - great content there)

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7 hours ago, Dunbar said:

I find this a really interesting point.  That an international Rugby Union player cannot see the tactical and game management side of Rugby League. 

I suspect a lot in the game probably don't realise how tactical the elite level is and it is only when you see top level coaches dissect a game do you see the nuances involved. 

My question is, does this perception of the game being all brute and no brain hold us back and how do we change it?

The thing is, Brian Redhead literally says this in The Game That Got Away. In 1969.

That (damaging) perception has been cited for (at least, because he can’t have been the first) 51 years, and I can’t say I hold out much hope that anything can or is going to be done now.

 

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On 15/02/2021 at 18:12, HKR AWAY DAYS said:

Rugby League is hard enough to get into for Union players in general, let alone a 39-year-old who last played in 2019.

I really hope this is a massive success on all fronts. Firstly it is an education for him, working out where he best fits into the 13-man game.

Secondly, and especially leading into the World Cup, in terms of profile and coverage we may otherwise not get.

I'm not saying he will rip it up and get into the Wales squad on merit but the attention it'll give WRL would be beneficial.

Either way good luck to the bloke. Big task and very interesting. 

If he was having a crack at Super League I’d say it’s ridiculous, but it’s League One he’s playing in. He only retired as a professional player in 2019, nobody played more than a handful of games at League One level in 2020, so he’s not really had much longer out of training than anyone else he’s coming up against, his fitness and physically shouldn’t be a problem for him at the level. Will he be any good at Rugby League, I don’t know but it’ll be interesting to see, I’m hoping the bbc pick West Wales Raiders Round 1 Challenge Cup game so we can have a look at him and Rangi Chase.

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On 15/02/2021 at 18:12, HKR AWAY DAYS said:

 

Secondly, and especially leading into the World Cup, in terms of profile and coverage we may otherwise not get.

I hadn't even thought about him getting in the WC squad. I hope he does. He'd better get fully fake tanned up too - we want him neon orange for any publicity shots

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14 hours ago, Dunbar said:

My question is, does this perception of the game being all brute and no brain hold us back and how do we change it?

The sky intro, showing those chrome robots doesn't help.

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14 hours ago, Dunbar said:

I find this a really interesting point.  That an international Rugby Union player cannot see the tactical and game management side of Rugby League. 

I suspect a lot in the game probably don't realise how tactical the elite level is and it is only when you see top level coaches dissect a game do you see the nuances involved. 

My question is, does this perception of the game being all brute and no brain hold us back and how do we change it?

Its always been a stick that some RU types use as a stick to beat Rugby League with, the old chequers v chess rubbish that is spouted. As with many RU myths it doesn't seem to matter how true or false it is.

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15 hours ago, Sir Kevin Sinfield said:

If he was having a crack at Super League I’d say it’s ridiculous, but it’s League One he’s playing in. He only retired as a professional player in 2019, nobody played more than a handful of games at League One level in 2020, so he’s not really had much longer out of training than anyone else he’s coming up against, his fitness and physically shouldn’t be a problem for him at the level. Will he be any good at Rugby League, I don’t know but it’ll be interesting to see, I’m hoping the bbc pick West Wales Raiders Round 1 Challenge Cup game so we can have a look at him and Rangi Chase.

That would be ideal, mate. 

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23 hours ago, Sir Kevin Sinfield said:

If he was having a crack at Super League I’d say it’s ridiculous, but it’s League One he’s playing in. He only retired as a professional player in 2019, nobody played more than a handful of games at League One level in 2020, so he’s not really had much longer out of training than anyone else he’s coming up against, his fitness and physically shouldn’t be a problem for him at the level. Will he be any good at Rugby League, I don’t know but it’ll be interesting to see, I’m hoping the bbc pick West Wales Raiders Round 1 Challenge Cup game so we can have a look at him and Rangi Chase.

I think he'll take a few games to settle and will be fine in third tier rugby 

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Well, his name has already had a beneficial effect, as the BBC appear to be streaming two first-round Cup ties instead of the usual one. Featherstone v Bradford has been joined by West Wales v Widnes, according to the OurLeague website. 

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37 minutes ago, Futtocks said:

Well, his name has already had a beneficial effect, as the BBC appear to be streaming two first-round Cup ties instead of the usual one. Featherstone v Bradford has been joined by West Wales v Widnes, according to the OurLeague website. 

I think Widnes, might just tear them up.

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Just now, fighting irish said:

I think Widnes, might just tear them up.

I reckon the BBC agree, so they want some Henson coverage while the Raiders are still in the cup.

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Just now, Futtocks said:

I reckon the BBC agree, so they want some Henson coverage while the Raiders are still in the cup.

what date is the game?

 

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1 minute ago, fighting irish said:

what date is the game?

Both BBC streamed Cup ties are on Sunday, March the 21st. West Wales/Widnes, then Fev/Bradford.

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On 10/02/2021 at 20:46, Eddie said:

Good on him, I like how he‘s honest about how hard it is too, he obviously doesn’t think he’s going to rock up and be great from the off. 

I think hes had a lot of bad press over the years and does seem to be a top bloke

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3 hours ago, davet said:

Is he injured??

He played against Widnes in the cup, but can't see that he has played the Raiders's first 2 league games.

Judging by Henson's Twitter account, he's concentrating on his gastro pub...

May 9 (a Sunday):

Few tables left for Sunday lunch at The Fox today, weather looks good, fire is on! Give us a call on 01656881048 to book your table.

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According to their coach he has a slight strain ( possibly by putting wet change into his pocket? ).

The rumour was that he was washing his hair last week.

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8 hours ago, Hopping Mad said:

Judging by Henson's Twitter account, he's concentrating on his gastro pub...

May 9 (a Sunday):

Few tables left for Sunday lunch at The Fox today, weather looks good, fire is on! Give us a call on 01656881048 to book your table.

that's commitment for you.

Sounds like he has forgotten that he signed for west wales.

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