Monday 20 November 2017

Centurion Jenkins set to rise above lions low

Front-row warrior Gethin Jenkins will clock up 100 caps for Wales today – five months after one of the "lowest points" in his career.

The Cardiff prop is set to join Welsh centurions Stephen Jones, Gareth Thomas and Martyn Williams when he faces Millennium Stadium visitors Argentina.

It is 11 years since Jenkins, who will be 33 on Sunday, featured for his international debut against Romania in Wrexham. Long since established among the finest loosehead operators the professional era has seen, he has also had a fair share of setbacks, highlighted by this summer's Lions tour to Australia when he flew 10,000 miles and did not play a game.

"It was probably one of my lowest points," said Jenkins, reflecting on the calf muscle problem that meant an early journey home from Down Under. "Having to leave the Lions tour after working four years to get there, getting selected and then having to go home was tough."

However, many highs have accompanied him on the road to hitting three figures, notably four Six Nations titles, three Grand Slams and a World Cup semi-final.

Wales v Argentina,

Live, BBC1, 2.30

Irish Independent

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