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Jason Howell Jenkins (born 2 December 1995 in Pretoria, South Africa) is a South African rugby union player for Toyota Verblitz in the Japanese Top League.[1] His regular position is lock.

Jason Jenkins
Full nameJason Howell Jenkins
Date of birth (1995-12-02) 2 December 1995 (age 23)
Place of birthPretoria, South Africa
Height2.01 m (6 ft 7 in)[1]
Weight122 kg (19 st 3 lb; 269 lb)[1]
SchoolSt. Alban's College
UniversityUniversity of Pretoria
Rugby union career
Position(s) Lock
Current team Toyota Verblitz
Youth Career
2014–2015 Blue Bulls
Amateur team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2015 UP Tuks 1 (0)
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
2015–2016 Blue Bulls 8 (10)
2016–2019 Bulls 52 (40)
2017–present Toyota Verblitz 24 (40)
2018 Blue Bulls XV 1 (5)
Correct as of 2 February 2019
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2015 South Africa Under-20 5 (15)
2016–2017 South Africa 'A' 3 (0)
2018–present South Africa 1 (0)
Correct as of 3 June 2018

CareerEdit

2014Edit

After completing high school at St. Alban's College in Pretoria, Jenkins joined the Blue Bulls Academy. He established himself in the Blue Bulls U19 squad that participated in the 2014 Under-21 Provincial Championship, appearing in all fourteen of their matches in the competition and starting thirteen of those. He scored tries in their matches against the Sharks U19s[2] and the Western Province U19s[3] to help the Blue Bulls finish top of the log to qualify for the semi-finals. He helped the Blue Bulls to a 43–20 victory in their semi-final match against the Sharks U19s[4] and he also started the final, where the Blue Bulls lost 26–33 to Western Province.[5]

2015Edit

In 2015, Jenkins was named in the UP Tuks squad for the 2015 Varsity Cup competition. He make one appearance, playing off the bench in a 63–8 victory over the CUT Ixias.[6]

Jenkins was named in a 37-man South Africa Under-20 training squad[7] and appeared for them as a replacement in a 31–24 victory in a friendly match against a Varsity Cup Dream Team that was named at the conclusion of the 2015 Varsity Cup competition.[8] He was then named in their squad to tour Argentina for a two-match series as preparation for the 2015 World Rugby Under 20 Championship.[9] He started their 25–22 victory over Argentina in the first match,[10] as well as 39–28 win in the second match four days later.[11]

Upon the team's return, he was named in the final squad for the 2015 World Rugby Under 20 Championship.[12] He played in all three of their matches in Pool B of the competition; he played off the bench in a 33–5 win against hosts Italy,[13] before starting both their 40–8 win against Samoa[14] and their 46–13 win over Australia.[15] Jenkins also scored a try in each of the two matches that he started to help South Africa finish top of Pool B to qualify for the semi-finals with the best record pool stage of all the teams in the competition. He started their semi-final match against England, but could not prevent them losing 20–28 to be eliminated from the competition by England for the second year in succession.[16] He started their third-place play-off match against France, scoring his third try of the competition to help South Africa to a 31–18 win to win the bronze medal.[17]

He then played for the Blue Bulls U21s in the 2015 Under-21 Provincial Championship Group A, but was also named in the senior squad for the 2015 Currie Cup Premier Division.[18]

South Africa 'A' and SpringboksEdit

In 2016, Jenkins was included in a South Africa 'A' squad that played a two-match series against a touring England Saxons team.[19] He didn't play in their first match in Bloemfontein,[20] but started the second match of the series, a 26–29 defeat in George.[21]

He made his Test debut for the senior Springboks on June 2, 2018 against Wales in Washington, D.C. at the age of 22 years.

Toyota VerblitzEdit

He joined Japanese Top League side Toyota Verblitz for the 2017–18 season.[22]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "SA Rugby Player Profile – Jason Jenkins". South African Rugby Union. Retrieved 5 May 2016.
  2. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – Blue Bulls U19 33-18 Sharks U19". South African Rugby Union. 19 July 2014. Retrieved 14 April 2016.
  3. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – Blue Bulls U19 44-29 WP U19". South African Rugby Union. 30 August 2014. Retrieved 14 April 2016.
  4. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – Blue Bulls U19 43-20 Sharks U19". South African Rugby Union. 17 October 2014. Retrieved 14 April 2016.
  5. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – Western Province U19 33-26 Blue Bulls U19". South African Rugby Union. 25 October 2014. Retrieved 14 April 2016.
  6. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – FNB UP - TUKS 63-8 FNB CUT". South African Rugby Union. 9 March 2015. Retrieved 14 April 2016.
  7. ^ "SARU names large group for Junior Bok trials". South African Rugby Union. 25 March 2015. Archived from the original on 6 December 2016. Retrieved 6 December 2016.
  8. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – Varsity Cup XV 24-31 South Africa U/20". South African Rugby Union. 21 April 2015. Retrieved 14 April 2016.
  9. ^ "SARU names Junior Bok squad for Argentine tour". South African Rugby Union. 29 April 2015. Archived from the original on 30 January 2016. Retrieved 29 April 2015.
  10. ^ "Los Pumitas cayeron ante Baby Boks por 25 a 22". Unión Argentina de Rugby (in Spanish). 12 May 2015. Archived from the original on 22 May 2015. Retrieved 21 May 2015.
  11. ^ "Los Pumitas cayeron ante Baby Boks por 39 a 28". Unión Argentina de Rugby (in Spanish). 16 May 2015. Archived from the original on 22 May 2015. Retrieved 21 May 2015.
  12. ^ "Liebenberg to lead Junior Boks at U20 World Championship in Italy". South African Rugby Union. 20 May 2015. Archived from the original on 30 January 2016. Retrieved 20 May 2015.
  13. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – Italy U20 5-33 South Africa U20". South African Rugby Union. 2 June 2015. Retrieved 14 April 2016.
  14. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – South Africa U20 40-8 Samoa U20". South African Rugby Union. 6 June 2015. Retrieved 14 April 2016.
  15. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – South Africa U20 46-13 Australia U20". South African Rugby Union. 10 June 2015. Retrieved 14 April 2016.
  16. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – South Africa U20 20-28 England U20". South African Rugby Union. 15 June 2015. Retrieved 22 July 2016.
  17. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – France U20 18-31 South Africa U20". South African Rugby Union. 20 June 2015. Retrieved 22 July 2016.
  18. ^ "SA Rugby Player Profile – Jason Jenkins". South African Rugby Union. Retrieved 29 May 2016.
  19. ^ "'Oupa' Mohoje named captain of SA 'A' team". South African Rugby Union. 5 June 2016. Archived from the original on 6 June 2016. Retrieved 6 June 2016.
  20. ^ "Youth and experience for SA 'A' opener against Saxons". South African Rugby Union. 8 June 2016. Archived from the original on 10 June 2016. Retrieved 10 June 2016.
  21. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – South Africa "A" 26-29 England Saxons". South African Rugby Union. 17 June 2016. Retrieved 19 June 2016.
  22. ^ "Bulls' Jenkins off to Japan". SuperSport. 4 May 2017. Archived from the original on 5 May 2017. Retrieved 5 May 2017.