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DREAM DEBUT FOR GAV; World Cup goal still on as Henson shines for Toulon.


GAVIN HENSON marked his Toulon debut with a try - and then promised there is plenty more to come as he tries to keep his World Cup dream alive.

Henson is being lined up for a shock Wales return against the Barbarians at the Millennium Stadium on June 4, as long as he proves his fitness.

And the former Ospreys star took a big step to showing that as he scored one and made another try in Toulon's 38-10 victory over Stade Francais in the French Championship.

"This game will stick in the memory," said Henson, who had not played since signing for Toulon in early-February due to an ankle injury. "To score on my debut, in front of that crowd and in front of my parents who came to watch, it's just amazing."

Henson's moment to remember came 13 minutes from time when he collected Gabiriele Lovobalavu's kick to score and cap a confident return to rugby.

"It couldn't have gone better for me, to score a try and set up another was a great day - an unbelievable day," he said.

"It's a dream come true because it's such a long time since I was out on the rugby pitch and almost two years since I started in the number 12 jersey.

"I feel great and, more importantly, so does my body."

Henson is contracted to the end of the season with Toulon but is adamant he wants to secure the two-year deal originally placed on the table.

"Toulon could be a perfect place to restart my career," he said.

"I love this part of the world and the atmosphere in the ground was like an international.

"I'm really enjoying life here and I hope that will show in my rugby."
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Publication:Wales On Sunday (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Apr 3, 2011
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