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Wales stars receive reprimand following pub antics in Cardiff


Wales star Gavin Henson and three of his international team-mates were reprimanded by the Welsh Rugby Union (WRU) on Wednesday for their behavior on a night out.

Henson, Andy Powell, Rhys Thomas and Jonathan Thomas each admitted to “varying degrees of regrettable conduct” in a Cardiff pub the day after Wales’ Six Nations win over England last weekend, a statement from the WRU said.

A witness told the Western Mail newspaper on Tuesday that Henson — who became a father for the second time with singing star partner Charlotte Church last month — had been abusive to customers in a city center pub opposite the Millennium Stadium.


The eyewitnesses claim that Henson was seen playing around with pool balls on the three tables in the pub and was abusive when anyone took issue with him.

Another man who videoed Henson on his mobile says the player tried to grab the mobile and then told him that it was none of his business.

Scrum-half Mike Phillips was said to have apologized to people in the Queen’s Vaults on behalf of his team-mate while another team-mate Shane Byrne removed Henson from the pub.

The paper reported that police were later called to nearby St Mary Street where the four regrouped.


A South Wales Police spokeswoman confirmed that officers were called to St Mary Street around 9.15pm after reports of a disturbance.

Henson — who in December 2007 was forced to apologize for disorderly behavior on a train returning from a club match — didn’t play against England .

Wales national team manager Alan Phillips said: “Henson, in particular, wants to ensure that his apology reaches any member of the public he offended.”

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