Cardiff Blues have sacked Gavin Henson after the player admitted to an all-night boozing session leading to unruly behaviour on a flight.
Henson, 30, who signed for Cardiff Blues in October on an eight-month contract – they became his fourth club in the space of 12 months after brief spells with Saracens and Toulon in the wake of his departure from the Ospreys – was initially suspended after an incident on a flight from Glasgow back to the Welsh capital on Friday night. A Cardiff spokesman had said he was suspended "with immediate effect" immediately following the incident, which came after their heavy defeat against Glasgow Warriors.
And the club confirmed on Monday afternoon that the Welshman had been released from his contract as a direct result of his conduct.
Henson, who was a wing replacement in the 31-3 loss by Glasgow on Friday, had apologised for drinking and "behaving inappropriately" and admits he is "truly embarrassed" by the incident.
He issued a statement that said: "I would like to publicly apologise for drinking on that flight, which is inappropriate behaviour."
"I admit I had been out drinking in Glasgow on the Friday night following our game against Glasgow Warriors and had stupidly carried on drinking on the flight for which I am truly embarrassed. I can see that drinking and behaving inappropriately on that flight as a professional sportsman at 7am has caused offence to members of the public, the airline staff and passengers.”
"I remain fully focused and committed to Cardiff Blues and I hope they can accept my apology."