CARDIFF BLUES V ZEBRE, 2.45PM
COACH John Mulvihill hopes Cardiff Blues can give Gethin Jenkins the send-off he deserves in the prop’s final game today against Zebre at Cardiff Arms Park (2.45pm).
The Guinness PRO14 clash will see Wales’ most-capped international make his 195th, and final, appearance for his home region, where he won two European Challenge Cup trophies and the EDF Trophy.
“It should be a great day and a great occasion and hopefully we can pack CAP and get a big crowd, because he certainly deserves it,” said Mulvihill.
“He’s played 195 times for this club, and a 129 Test matches for Wales, and has won everything in the game, bar a World Cup.
“He’s been there and done it and it’s really fitting that he plays in front of a home crowd on Sunday.
“He was very keen to play for another season, and he took that opportunity. But he’s realised after some of the ‘A’ games and training that the body is probably just can’t go around again.
“Gethin is going to be involved in our academy training programme and he’s got a bit of a liking for the defensive side of the game.”
Jenkins has been named on the bench to face Zebre, with Mulvihill making five changes to the line-up beaten by Cheetahs last week.
Lloyd Williams remains captain and younger brother Tom, who joined the region on trial at the beginning of the season, starts at full-back, and Rey Lee-Lo returns to the centre to partner Garyn Smith.
Up front, Brad Thyer and Kirby Myhill return to the front row, while Nick Williams starts at number eight. CARDIFF BLUES: T Williams; A Summerhill, G Smith, R Lee-Lo, J Harries; S Shingler, L Williams (c); B Thyer, K Myhill, S Andrews, G Earle, S Davies, J Turnbull, O Robinson, N Williams. Reps: K Dacey, G Jenkins, K Assiratti, J Down, S Manoa, L Jones, D Fish, H Millard.