Gethin David JENKINS
Wales Caps: 98 (44-2-52) Wales Points: 20 (4t)
Wales Debut: v Romania 2003
British & Irish Lions: 2005 (Arg/NZ), 2009 (SA) Tests: 5 (0-0-5)
Lions Debut: 04/06/2005 v Bay of Plenty
Test Record v Australia: 12 (1-1-10)
Gethin Jenkins equals the Welsh record of being selected for three British & Irish Lions tours having earned his place on the 125th anniversary tour to Hong Kong and Australia. A member of world rugby's '100 Cap' club, he played in four games in Wales’ 2013 RBS 6 Nations title winning campaign, captaining his country in the vital final day win over England at the Millennium Stadium. The former Treorchy, Pontypridd, Celtic Warriors and Cardiff Blues prop is among a small band of Welshman to have won the Grand Slam on three separate occasions (2005, 2008 and 2012).
He won Welsh honours at Welsh Schools U18, U19 and U21 levels and made his Wales A debut against Uruguay in 2001. He made the step up to senior international rugby against Romania in Wrexham in November, 2002 and is now his country’s most capped front row forward and second behind Marytn Williams in the all-time forward rankings.
Jenkins played in all 10 Grand Slam games in 2005 and 2008, scoring the first try against Ireland in the decider in 2005, and became Wales’ 125th captain when he led the side against South Africa in 2007.
He was involved in the Welsh matchday squads for every RBS 6 Nations game between 2003-09 and he also featured in every game of the 2003 and 2007 World Cups. Jenkins was a part of the British & Irish Lions’ first all Wales front row since 1955 when he packed down with Matthew Rees and Adam Jones against the Springboks in 2009 before a broken cheekbone ended his tour and he was sent home.
He helped the Blues win the Amlin Challenge Cup and EDF Energy Cup. After eight seasons with the Blues he moved to French side Toulon, but has recently announced his return to Blues for 2013/14 season. He helped Toulon win the Heineken Cup final for the first time this season, coming on as a replacement in the 60th minute at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin in a 16-15 win over ASM Clermont Auvergne. He became only the ninth Welsh player to win a Heineken Cup winners medal.