Jenkins relishing sixth Lions tour – Welsh Rugby Union


Jenkins – a key a part of the Wales set-up since 2007 – performed 4 Assessments for the Lions as a participant throughout two excursions in 1997 and 2001.

Since then, he has been on 4 excursions as a coach in 2009, 2013 and 2017.

The 2021 journey to South Africa will probably be his sixth in whole as a participant or coach.

Metronomic kicker Jenkins received 87 caps for Wales and is the nation’s report factors holder with a mammoth 1049.

He additionally scored 41 factors for the Lions.

Neil Jenkins throughout coaching with Wales

The Lions has been an unimaginable a part of my life to be trustworthy. I’m grateful for the chance once more

“The Lions has been an unimaginable a part of my life to be trustworthy,” mentioned Jenkins, now 49.

“I’m grateful for the chance once more. It’s an extremely proud second for myself and my household and I’m actually trying ahead to it.”

Jenkins will work once more beneath the steerage of head coach Warren Gatland with the Lions.

The pair know one another very properly after Gatland’s profitable 11 years answerable for Wales.

“I’ve been very fortunate to work with Warren from 2008 to 2019, not simply with Wales however with the Lions as properly. He’s been unimaginable from my perspective,” Jenkins mentioned.

“He’s been a large assist to me and it’s a privilege to be part of this once more.

“His report speaks for itself. It’s not simply what he’s accomplished with Wales and the Lions, however the stuff previous to that with Wasps and Eire.

“He’s a unbelievable coach, a superb man, a household man. From my perspective, that’s what it’s all about.”

Neil Jenkins unveils the 1997 British & Irish Lions package in Cardiff

Jenkins continued: “South Africa have been world champions the final two occasions we’ve gone there.

“It’s an enormous take a look at. We’ve had some good battles towards South Africa with Wales in latest occasions within the World Cup semi-final and video games previous to that as properly.

“I do know they haven’t performed for slightly below two years, however they’ll be in a superb place by the point the collection comes round in a few months.”

Jenkins was a part of the Wales set-up overwhelmed by South Africa within the 2019 World Cup semi-final.

The Springboks haven’t performed since that recreation.

Jenkins has labored with the likes of Owen Farrell, Johnny Sexton, Dan Biggar and Finn Russell on earlier Lions excursions and is trying ahead to becoming a member of some top-class expertise in South Africa.

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Warren Gatland (centre) has added (LtoR): Robin McBryde, Steven Tandy, Gregor Townsend and Neil Jenkins to his teaching line-up (Pic: Inpho)

We’ve had some good battles towards South Africa with Wales in latest occasions within the World Cup semi-final and video games previous to that as properly

“South Africa will probably be greater than prepared by the point the Lions begins. A few of their boys are taking part in over right here and others of their home competitions,” he mentioned.

“It’s an unimaginable alternative for a Lions participant however, for them, it’s a singular alternative as a result of they solely get the prospect to do that each 12 years.

“I do know they’ll be prepared for us.

“Whoever goes to be chosen, it’ll be an unimaginable squad – there isn’t any doubt that.

“There may be an unbelievable quantity of expertise in Britain and Eire at the moment and I feel that’s been proven within the Six Nations. Groups have been taking part in unbelievable rugby.

“The squad will probably be extremely robust and it’ll should be.”

Neil Jenkins is a Wales and British & Irish Lions legend

There may be an unbelievable quantity of expertise in Britain and Eire at the moment and I feel that’s been proven within the Six Nations

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