Gavin Henson has said that he is hoping for welsh return after impressing for Saracens. Henson made his comeback as a second-half replacement at outside centre, having spent 21 months out of the game.

“The reason I got back into rugby was to play for my country,” said Henson. “I would love to do it in the Six Nations but time is running out.”

Wales face England on 4 February, with Warren Gatland naming his squad after the Heineken Cup games in mid-January.


Brendan Venter has said that he will leave his role as the director of rugby from Saracens. Chairman Nigel Wray said Venter, who joined Sarries in 2009, will become technical director from 9 January.

“Brendan, Anneme and their children are returning to South Africa in January for family reasons,” he explained.

First-team coach Mark McCall will take over Venter’s role, while backs coach Andy Farrell will replace McCall.


Saracens were defeated by a good Gloucester, despite having a lot of stars on board. Sarries dominated the opening half with two penalties from Owen Farrell and a converted try by James Short after Gloucester’s Alex Brown was sin-binned.

After the break Nicky Robinson added a penalty to his two first-half strikes before Charlie Sharples scored a sparkling individual try.

Saracens pressed for a winning try but the hosts’ defence just held firm. The result moves the Cherry and Whites above Saracens and into fourth in the table but they had to come back from 10-0 after half-an-hour.

Farrell kicked the visitors ahead before he was hauled down late by Brown – for which the second row saw yellow.