Gethin Jenkins

As of October 24, 2009 National October 12, 2011

Gethin Jenkins ( born November 17, 1980 in Llantwit Fadre, Rhondda Cynon Taf, Glamorgan ) is a Welsh rugby union player who is used to the position of the pillar. He is part of the Welsh national team and active for the Cardiff Blues.


Jenkins began his career at Treorchy RFC, before he moved to Pontypridd, where he won the Welsh Cup. His national team debut came in 2002 against Romania, before joining the newly established regional team Celtic Warriors in 2003. Since this team disbanded after just one season, he had to find a new club and went to the Cardiff Blues.

Jenkins was appointed to the squad for the 2003 World Cup and came up in all games used. He varied the positions of left and right pillars. With the Six Nations 2005, he reached his career high, like many other Welsh players. The national team managed the Grand Slam that year. Against Ireland him this was even an attempt. Due to these achievements he was appointed to the ranks of the British and Irish Lions and occurred in all three official test matches against New Zealand for use.

The following season, he missed numerous games due to serious injuries. Soon, however, he was back to his form and was thus once again part of the Welsh national team for World Cup 2007 in France. He was inducted into the four group matches, three times he was in the starting lineup. Wales difference disappointing after two defeats and two wins already in early.

With the Six Nations 2008 Jenkins succeeded with Wales again the Grand Slam, he stood again for all games on the court. In the run was first appointed captain of the national team. With the Blues in 2009 he succeeded in winning the EDF Energy Cup. On April 21 of that year he was nominated by Ian McGeechan for the tour of the British and Irish Lions to South Africa. He was in the first two games for the starting lineup, but could not participate in the final game due to injury.