Henson ready to move on from bar knockout

Wales centre Gavin Henson says he regrets the incident that saw him sent sprawling to the floor in a city centre bar by a punch from Bath team-mate Carl Fearns.

Wales' centre Gavin Henson reacts at the Millennium Stadium, in Cardiff, Wales, on August 13, 2011. Henson says he regrets the incident that saw him sent sprawling to the floor in a city centre bar by a punch from Bath team-mate Carl Fearns.

The two players were warned and fined by English Premiership side Bath after Fearns hit Henson during a pre-season social event that took place just a month after the Welshman had joined the club.

Henson has challenged Fearns to a charity boxing match, but he said on Tuesday that he was eager to draw a line beneath the incident.

"It wasn't a great start to my Bath career and I'd like to put that behind me," he told BBC Radio Bristol.

"Hopefully I can get out on the field and people will see me as just a rugby player. That wasn't a great moment but you have to have these team bonding sessions. Daft things seem to happen when I go out.

"It was a bit embarrassing and not a great thing for the club, but I like to think the squad grew closer together after that.

"I had a big headache that day and I went down quite easily. Maybe we will have a charity boxing match at the end of the year so I can get a bit of respect back."

Henson, who has been capped 33 times by his country, joined Bath from London Welsh in June.

The 31-year-old has failed to live up to his early promise and was previously released from Cardiff Blues and French side Toulon for off-field indiscretions.

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