Gavin Henson dropped for Heineken Cup clash

Henson has drop of the Blues as Cardiff axe star for Heineken Cup clash

Gavin Henson has been dropped by Cardiff Blues for the crucial Heineken Cup pool game at home to Racing Metro on Saturday.

Henson joins another of the sport's big names on the sidelines this weekend in Chris Ashton, who this week announced he would join Saracens from Northampton this summer.

Out in the cold: Henson has been dropped for the crunch Heineken Cup clash

Out in the cold: Henson has been dropped for the crunch Heineken Cup clash

Henson looks to have missed out on Blues' must-win clash because of his limited game time since he joined last month, although Wales have still included him in a Six Nations training squad next week.

Blues, without Lions centre Jamie Roberts due to a knee injury, have opted for fit-again centre Gavin Evans instead of Henson, who played in last week's win at London Irish.

Pride of Wales: Henson has been included in a Six Nations training squad

Pride of Wales: Henson has been included in a Six Nations training squad

Coach Gareth Baber said: 'Gavin Evans gives you 100 per cent work rate, which you need in battles like you're going to have on Sunday. He has also known the systems a lot longer than Gavin Henson.'

Baber said he was pleased with Henson's performances so far but added: 'He's probably not where people want him to be, but he's had a while out of the game and last week was his first start at centre.'

England wing Ashton trained at Northampton on Friday but, like Henson, has been excluded from the match squad.

Northampton face Munster at Milton Keynes on Saturday night, and director of rugby Jim Mallinder has refused to fully discuss Ashton's impending departure apart from expressing his disappointment and belief he has the players to cover.

Jamie Elliott is the replacement against Munster but Ashton has said he wants to play for Northampton again before he joins Saracens.

Wales and Lions prop Adam Jones wants to see out his career at home in Swansea but admits he may yet be swung by 'stupid money' from France.

Jones is hoping the Ospreys will agree a four-year deal to take the 30-year-old to the next World Cup in 2015.

Scotland have called up former Leicester and Saracens lock Tom Ryder for a Six Nations training camp next week. He replaces Sale lock Fraser McKenzie, who suffered a suspected dislocated shoulder in his team's Amlin Challenge Cup defeat by Brive on Thursday.

Long-serving International Rugby Board chief executive Mike Miller is to step down at the end of January after a decade in charge.

The IRB's executive committee are likely to appoint headhunters to find a replacement.

Chairman Bernard Lapasset, who was won a vote for a second term of four years in office, is expected to take a greater role before a replacement is found. 'Mike will be a hard act to follow,' he said.