Gavin Henson has issued a public and private apology to any of his Wales team-mates who were offended by the controversial contents of his recently-published autobiography.

Henson fronted a players-only meeting that had been organised by Wales captain Gareth Thomas so the squad could discuss the book and raise any grievances over its incendiary contents.

In 'My Grand Slam Year', Henson was not only scathing in his criticism of the Lions tour but also had harsh words for Wales team-mates Colin Charvis and Martyn Williams.

He also questions whether players not born in Wales deserve to play for the country - a touchy subject given his red dragon team-mates Brent Cockbain, Hal Luscombe and Sonny Parker hail from Australia, South Africa and New Zealand respectively.

But Henson insists he did not intend to offend anyone or jeopardise the team spirit that carried Wales to a first Grand Slam in 27 years last season and apologised unreservedly.

"The rest of the squad asked me to meet with them on Sunday and I was really happy to do so," Henson said today.

"They wanted to make it clear to me that they were unhappy with some of the things that I said in the book and I have fully taken on board everything they said to me.

"I said in the meeting that I would like to apologise to anyone who was offended by anything that was written and I would like to go on record publicly saying that too."

Henson missed Wales' 41-3 defeat to New Zealand on Saturday as he recovers from a groin injury and he is now more determined than ever to get back onto the field and leave the controversy behind him.

"All I want now is to forget about it, the book's out there, there's nothing more I can do about that, I just want to draw a line under the whole thing and move on," Henson said.

"I was a small part of a large group of players that did something very special last season and I want to be a part of that again."