Gavin Henson is unlikely to play any part in the Ospreys' 2010/11 Heineken Cup campaign following the announcement that the Welsh centre is to star on BBC reality TV show Strictly Come Dancing. Henson has been on unpaid leave for the past 18 months and has not played for the region since March 2009. Earlier this week, the 28-year-old said that he had targeted a place in the Wales squad for the 2011 World Cup.
However, Henson's TV commitments are likely to run into the New Year, diminishing his international aspirations and ruling him out of the Heineken Cup pool stages.
The Ospreys have come undone at the quarter-final stage of Europe's premier competition for the last three years but Wales international Jonathan Thomas believes the self-exiled Henson is not being missed at the Liberty Stadium.
"It doesn't affect us whatsoever and we are moving on nicely as a squad," said Thomas.
"We don't regard Gavin as a player here at the moment because he hasn't been here for so long. I have no idea what he is thinking but it's been quite a number of months now since he has been with us.
"Unfortunately, the way rugby is now the game moves on pretty quickly. Things move on and new players come in and that's just the way it is. It's a harsh world but we will just have to wait and see what happens."
Henson has been unveiled as the figurehead of the international advertising campaign for the new Wales kit, with his image set to be plastered over buildings, on television sets and in newspapers over the coming weeks.
Henson made no attempt to hide his pride in being back in a Wales shirt but, for now at least, he looks set to make do with modelling the new kit rather than wearing it in an international.
"When the Welsh Rugby Union asked me to be one of the first to put on the new kit to help with their marketing campaign I had no hesitation," added Henson.
"As a passionate Welshman I have always felt a great sense of pride whenever I have had the privilege of being able to wear the national jersey and this occasion was no different."