Cur­tain call for Blues ace Jenk­ins

The Rugby Paper - - News - By STEFFAN THOMAS

WALES prop star Gethin Jenk­ins wants to fol­low the path of Shaun Ed­wards as he takes his first steps on the coach­ing lad­der.

A chronic knee in­jury has forced the Wales prop to hang up his boots at the age of 37 with to­day’s PRO14 clash with Ze­bre his last for the Cardiff Blues.

He has set his sights on be­com­ing a top coach and will re­main at the Arms Park in a coach­ing ca­pac­ity.

“I’ve played un­der Shaun for years and I’ll def­i­nitely take a lot out of his meth­ods,” said the 134 times capped in­ter­na­tional. “He’s a great coach and he’s got a great way of get­ting things across.

“He’s got a pas­sion­ate streak that stands out from any­one else. That’s one of the things that’s pushed me into coach­ing and I’ll try hard to learn as much as I can off him.

“I’m prob­a­bly go­ing to spe­cialise in de­fence. It’s an area that I’ve taken a keen in­ter­est in but I’m start­ing again.

“I’ve got the knowl­edge but I’m happy to bed in over the first cou­ple of years and see how it goes.” His­tory will remember Jenk­ins as one of the great­est loose-heads of the mod­ern era hav­ing won three Grand Slams and five Test caps for the Bri­tish Lions over the course of three tours. And the for­mer Toulon star is sure he is leav­ing both the Blues and Wales in a strong po­si­tion.

“Hope­fully the boys com­ing through at the Blues will be able to do the job,” he said. “We’ve got some good young props com­ing through and I think Wales are also in a good place.

“Nicky Smith, Rob Evans and Wyn Jones have all put in some good per­for­mances on the in­ter­na­tional stage and they will all chal­lenge each other for the jersey.

“I’m look­ing for­ward to see­ing them all progress.”

Great: Gethin Jenk­ins

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