Gavin Henson admits he is chomping at the bit to make his London Welsh debut after being named in Lyn Jones’ starting XV for Sunday’s Aviva Premiership clash with Saracens, live in front of the ESPN cameras.
The 30-year-old was the big summer signing at the Exiles but has had to wait until now to make his bow for the club after fracturing his cheekbone in a pre-season clash with Scarlets.
Sarries head to the Kassam Stadium having handed defending champions Harlequins their first defeat of the season, winning 18-16 at the Stoop last time out, and Henson can’t wait to test himself against one of the best sides in the league.
“I am really looking forward to making my first start for London Welsh in the Aviva Premiership on Sunday,” said Henson.
“Having been given the opportunity by Lyn Jones and the club to play in the Premiership, it was both disappointing and frustrating to pick up an injury against Scarlets in pre-season.
“However, the boys have done really well in the first five games and now I just cannot wait to start playing my part with the rest of the team. I am also very excited about playing at the Kassam in front of the London Welsh supporters for the first time.
“Saracens are an extremely good side, we know that, but this is a great opportunity both for me and for London Welsh to test ourselves against one of the best teams in the Aviva Premiership.”
Despite beating Quins last weekend, Saracens have, for the first time in their history in the Aviva Premiership, gone three whole games without scoring a try.
But, despite taking on newly-promoted outfit Welsh, Andy Saull insists no-one at Sarries is taking anything for granted in putting a stop to that rot.
“It’s one of those games where you can’t force it,” he said. “They’ve already shown they know how to compete, make life tough for their opposition and go on and win games.
“We know it could be scrappy. We have to do our job in the set-pieces, and really have a go and try and break them physically.”
Referee: Luke Pearce (7th Premiership game)
Assistant Referees: Paul Dix, Nigel Carrick. TMO: Graham Hughes