Gavin Henson has admitted he is finally ready for love again after becoming more confident with women on Strictly Come Dancing.

The 28-year-old Welsh rugby hunk said the show has given him a boost of confidence with women after he split from partner of five years, Charlotte Church, in April.

Talking to OK! magazine with dancing partner Katya Virshilas, he said: “It has been a breath of fresh air spending time with a lady like Katya. Hopefully the experience will help me find a girl in the future because it’s certainly been a while.”

Gavin, who has become popular for his cheeky performances, explained why he prefers being on the dancefloor than the rugby pitch.

He said: “Doing Strictly has been so good for me. It’s made me more confident, especially around girls because there are so many beautiful women on the show.

“In rugby you’re surrounded by men so you don’t get a chance to speak to girls unless you go for a night out.”

He seems more than happy for the change of scene, saying: “I definitely prefer a workplace filled with women!”

Asked what kind of woman Gavin needs, Katya, 27, joked: “Well, she would have to be very down-to-earth, naturally beautiful, funny and happy – like me.”

Despite their steamy routines the couple insist they are just friends – Katya has just moved in with boyfriend Klaus Kongsdal.

Gavin said: “We had to do a romantic dance the other week and it was a bit weird.”