CARDIFF BLUES V ZEBRE, 2.45PM

Wales On Sunday - - SPORT -

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.

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