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Published in Sport on Monday May 9th, 2011. Last updated at 22:41

This article was written by Paul Rees, for guardian.co.uk on Monday 9th May 2011 15.22 UTC

Gavin Henson has been recalled to the Wales squad for the first time since the 2009 Six Nations campaign. The 29-year-old Toulon centre has been called up by the Wales coach, Warren Gatland, to play the Barbarians at the Millennium Stadium on 4 June.

The side will be captained by Sam Warburton, the 22-year-old Cardiff Blues back-row forward, who won the Welsh Rugby Writers Association player of the year award last week.

There is no place in the squad for Andy Powell, the No8 who was released from his contract by Wasps after a pub brawl a fortnight ago.

If Henson plays and wins his 32nd Welsh cap it will be his first game for the national team since the home defeat by Ireland in March 2009, after which he took an 18-month sabbatical from the game to appear on the television series 71 Degrees North and Strictly Come Dancing.

guardian.co.uk © Guardian News and Media Limited 2010

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  • Richard Williams

    Gavin Henson is a gifted centre with impressive strength and the ability to read the game. He is a line breaker with impressive defence skills.

    Unfortunately he does not have the mental toughness to complement his natural skills. I think the Barbarians game may be his last in a Welsh jersey.