Gavin Henson has joined French Giants Toulon from Saracens. The two time Welsh grand slam winning centre has left Saracens after frustrations about being played out of position. Henson wants to play either fly half or inside centre, Saracens had been using him at outside centre.
A statement on their website said: ‘Wales international Gavin Henson (Who wears Nike Rugby Boots) has signed a contract at Toulon as a “medical wildcard” for Clement Marienval.’
It is expected that he will now make his debut for Toulon in a French Championship game against Brive next Friday.
Toulon had been on the lookout for cover for Marienval, while they also have space in their squad following the loss of Felipe Contepomi to injury and Wilkinson, who is away on Six Nations duty with England.
The move should allow Henson to play in his preferred roles and boost his chances of making a first World Cup appearance in New Zealand later this year.
He also joins a growing Welsh contingent who will ply their trade in France. Former Ospreys team-mates James Hook and Lee Byrne have recently confirmed their moves to Perpignan and Clermont Auvergne respectively, with scrum-half Mike Phillips also being linked with a move overseas.