Wales Rugby
Henson: It's make or break
ESPNscrum Staff
January 4, 2012
Wales centre Gavin Henson looks towards the heavens, Wales v England, World Cup warm-up Test, Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, Wales, August 13, 2011
Gavin Henson's last appearance for Wales was against England in the World Cup warm-up game in Cardiff © Getty Images
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Gavin Henson admits he is running out of time in his quest to break into Wales' Six Nations squad.

The Welsh international, who joined Cardiff on an eight-month contract in October, has played twice for the Blues since returning from a wrist injury that ruled him out of the World Cup. Henson, 29, is desperate to impress against Leinster in the RaboDirect clash on Saturday with Warren Gatland set to name his Wales squad later this month.

Cardiff have futher fixtures against London Irish and Racing Metro in the Heineken Cup before Wales begin their Six Nations campaign away to Ireland on February 5.

"Every match is massive for me from here on in," Henson told Walesonline. "The Six Nations is not far away and I'm running out of time to impress before then.

"It's great to be back out on the field. I really enjoyed the two games I've played in, against the Dragons and the Ospreys. I'm pretty good and am just hoping to get a start at the weekend against Leinster, who aren't European champions for nothing.

"I don't think anyone has higher expectations of me, and the way I play, than I do of myself. I know I have to be patient after my wrist injury and it's frustrating to make small mistakes in games. But I'm going in the right direction and, hopefully, I'm getting better with each game.

"I'm just concentrating on getting into the flow of it and more involved in the action. There's always been a bit of hype around me for whatever reason but I don't think it has any affect on my rugby.

"It's never been an issue for me. If it helps on the entertainment side, great, because we're in the entertainment business. I want to be involved in Europe and everyone knows I want to play for Wales.

"So this game with Leinster is huge for me, while it's really important for us to get a good result to take into the Heineken Cup."

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