Then again, not surprising - how has a nation of traditionally tiny, troll-like folk suddenly managed to produce so many physical monsters over the past 10 years? It's been odd, to say the least.
https://www.walesonline.co.uk/sport/rug ... s-17847965Of the many subjects Gavin Henson covers during 30 absorbing minutes on a Sunday afternoon in the upstairs of his new pub, his belief that certain Wales internationals took performance-enhancing drugs is one that makes the eyes widen more than most.
For some time it’s been a suspicion many have held. Can the professional game really be beyond reproach when the amateur game is widely accepted to be plagued by such problems?
Getting anyone in rugby's public eye to talk about it is difficult. But Henson has always been different.
Recent comments from Warren Gatland alluding to an inkling one player may have been taking them during his tenure were swiftly dismissed after the Wales coach “clarified” his thoughts. Nothing more than dressing room banter was the general gist in the end.
Henson believes his words should have sparked a full-blown investigation.
"I've been in an environment where the drug testers come in and there's one or two boys who run out. That's happened at professional level," he reveals.
"How it is acceptable, I don't know, but as a player you can't do anything about it.
"Yeh, of course it made me angry. Boys are cheating and those kind of things give you such an advantage. There are boys who have had careers on the back of taking stuff that has cost other players international places, or even club team places, which is really lucrative.