"I have made it clear that the players selected for Southland will not feature in the first test," said the Lions Coach. "But that does not mean they do not have the opportunity to play in the second and third Tests."
Ospreys star Henson said his omission had been "hard to take" and had come as "such a shock", especially as the spikey-haired star has done little wrong on his first Lions tour.
"When Clive read out the team for the Southland match I was absolutely devastated, I feel gutted at the moment" he said. Henson, 23, would have hoped to be in contention for a Test berth and will use this set-back to show Sir Clive just what he will be missing when he lines up against Southland tomorrow. "All I can do is try to play well. I have a point to prove. I want to show everyone what I am capable of."
Comparing the situation with his Rugby World Cup disappointment two years ago, Henson was glad that there would be two further Tests: "Back then I felt really low. I don't want that to happen again and luckily there are three tests. You just don't know what will happen. All I can do is try to play well."