Gavin Henson, Danny Cipriani and Rugby's Other Wasted Talent

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Gavin Henson, Danny Cipriani and Rugby's Other Wasted Talent
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Gavin Henson

Rugby is no different from any other sport in that it has athletes who make the most of their natural abilities through hard work and dedication, and athletes who, for whatever reason, never realize their full potential.

Sometimes it can be down to misfortunea serious injury, issues with selection, playing in a poor side. But other factors might also come into the equation; and the public is always interested when a supremely talented player gets distracted by the trappings of elite sport.

In football, one only has to consider the likes of George Best and Paul Gascoigne to see how wealth and adulation can feed certain tendencies for destruction.

The following examples of wasted talent in rugby may not be quite so extreme as these two once-in-a-lifetime footballers, but each hasfor their own reasonsfailed to maximize their potential.

Feel free to let us know if there are any other players who should have been included on this list.

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