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Gethin Jenkins (born 17 November 1980) is a Welsh former rugby union player. He won 129 international caps for Wales and 5 for the British and Irish Lions. Jenkins was the record cap holder for Wales until he was overtaken by Alun Wyn Jones on 29 September 2019. He is currently the sixth most-capped player in rugby union history and the most capped front row forward. On 31 October 2018 he announced his intention to retire after a final game for the Cardiff Blues against Zebre on Sunday 4 November 2018.

Gethin Jenkins
Gethin Jenkins.jpg
Birth nameGethin Jenkins
Date of birth (1980-11-17) 17 November 1980 (age 38)
Place of birthLlantwit Fardre, Wales
Height1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Weight121 kg (267 lb; 19 st 1 lb)
SchoolBryn Celynnog Comprehensive School
Rugby union career
Position(s) Prop
Amateur team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
Beddau RFC
Treorchy RFC
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
C. Warriors
Cardiff Blues
Cardiff Blues
Correct as of 7 April 2017
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2005, 2009, 2013
British and Irish Lions
Correct as of 26 November 2016

Early careerEdit

Educated at Llwyncrwn primary school and Bryn Celynnog Comprehensive School in Beddau,[1] Jenkins first played rugby union aged 13 at Beddau RFC based in Pontypridd.

Club careerEdit

Jenkins later played for Pontypridd, then for Celtic Warriors before signing for Cardiff Blues. At the Cardiff Blues he won the Amlin Challenge Cup, and reached the Heineken Cup semi final. After an impressive World Cup 2011, his signature was hotly sought after with Bath, Perpignan and Toulon all chasing a deal for the prop.[2] Jenkins joined French Top 14 side Toulon for the 2012-13 season.

He became the ninth Welshman to win a Heineken Cup with Toulon when he played as a replacement in the final against Clermont Auvergne.[3] Jenkins is only the second Welsh player (along with Rob Howley) to win both European cups, after winning the Amlin Challenge Cup in 2010 with the Cardiff Blues and the Heineken Cup with Toulon in 2013.

International careerEdit


Jenkins made his first appearance for Wales against Romania in 2002.[4] In the 2005 Six Nations Championship he was rated one of the greatest influences in Wales' Grand Slam winning side, scoring a memorable try against Ireland.

In November 2007 he was asked to captain his country against South Africa by Welsh temporary coach Nigel Davies.[5] His reign as captain would last just one game as in December Wales hired Warren Gatland as coach who gave the captaincy to Ryan Jones. However Jenkins kept his place in the squad solidifying himself as number one choice for the #1 jersey.

Jenkins captained Wales against Australia on 28 November 2009 following the withdrawal of regular captain Ryan Jones from the squad due to injury.[6]

He is one of a small group of Welsh players to have won three Grand Slams including Alun Wyn Jones, Ryan Jones, Adam Jones, Gareth Edwards, Gerald Davies and JPR Williams.[7]

He captained Wales in their last game of the 2013 six nations championship in Cardiff. Wales defeated England 30-3 to win the Championship. On 30 November 2013 versus Australia Jenkins became the most capped forward for Wales, surpassing Martyn Williams record of 100 caps. On 15 March 2014 versus Scotland he became the most capped player for Wales, overtaking the record of 104 caps held by Stephen Jones.

Jenkins became the world's most capped prop forward ever on 29 August 2015 versus Ireland, overtaking the record of 119 caps held by Jason Leonard.

Gethin Jenkins took part in both the 2016 Six Nations and the Wales tour to New Zealand. Jenkins also captained Wales during the 2016 Autumn internationals.

British and Irish LionsEdit

He was selected for the British and Irish Lions tour to New Zealand in 2005 and played in all three tests.[5][8]

On 21 April 2009, Jenkins was named as a member of the British and Irish Lions for the 2009 tour to South Africa.[9]

In June 2009 Jenkins, Adam Jones and Matthew Rees were selected as the British and Irish Lions front row for the second Test against South Africa. This was the first time an all-Welsh front row was selected for a Lions test match since Billy Williams, Bryn Meredith and Courtney Meredith on the 1955 Lions tour.[10][11]

He was selected for the British and Irish Lions for the 2013 tour for the third time, but withdrew due to injury.[12]


Jenkins usual position is loosehead prop but he has also played in the tighthead prop position.

Rugby leagueEdit

Jenkins has also played rugby league, making regular appearances for Cardiff Demons in the late 1990s leading them to the 1998 Division Two Academy Grand Final.[13]


  1. ^ "No-one deserves this more than Gethin – teacher". Wales Online. 13 November 2007. Retrieved 11 August 2019.
  2. ^
  3. ^ "Toulon claim Heineken Cup glory". ESPN. 18 March 2013. Retrieved 20 May 2013.
  4. ^ "Unconvincing Wales See Off Romania - BBC Sport". BBC News. 1 November 2002. Retrieved 2 May 2013.
  5. ^ a b "Jenkins to skipper Wales v Boks – BBC Sport". BBC News. 12 November 2007. Retrieved 2 May 2013.
  6. ^ "Wales hit by captain Jones injury – BBC Sport". BBC News. 27 November 2009. Retrieved 2 May 2013.
  7. ^ GMT (17 March 2012). "Three Grand Slams". Retrieved 2 May 2013.
  8. ^ 2005 Lions: Where are they now? – Setanta Sports Archived 3 May 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^ "Lions Squad Announced – BBC Sport". BBC News. 21 April 2009. Retrieved 2 May 2013.
  10. ^ "Welsh front row in big push for glory". 19 December 2005. Retrieved 2 May 2013.
  11. ^ British and Irish Lions Rugby (25 June 2009). "Lions 2009: Simon Shaw finally gets call as Lions bulk up for second Test – Telegraph". London: Retrieved 2 May 2013.
  12. ^ Paul Rees (30 April 2013). "Jonny Wilkinson turned down Lions chance, says Warren Gatland". London: Guardian. Retrieved 30 April 2013.
  13. ^ [1] Archived 9 August 2011 at the Wayback Machine

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