Cape Town - Gethin Jenkins will call time on his illustrious career after this Sunday’s PRO14 clash with Zebre at Cardiff Arms Park.
record-appearance maker has been battling back from a chronic knee injury and
made two appearances for Cardiff Blues A in the Celtic Cup.
it has now been deemed that his right knee is not healthy enough to continue
playing on a sustained basis.
He will now have the
opportunity to bid farewell to Cardiff Arms Park after amassing 194
appearances over two stints at the region, in which he won the European
Challenge Cup twice, plus the EDF Energy Cup and captained the region between
"I have been working hard rehabbing over the last three months and
I was confident I was going to be back playing so it’s disappointing to be
retiring after Sunday’s game against Zebre," Jenkins said.
obviously a big decision but I’ve had a good innings, it’s time to finish and
I’m looking forward to one more run out on the weekend and hopefully
finishing on a high.
pain I have been experiencing from rugby, in my daily life, simply isn’t
tolerable but it’s important to me that after all the work I have put in, I
run out with my team one last time and finish on my own terms.
have so many memories from over the years and could stay here all day listing
them but the biggest thing I will miss is that camaraderie with the boys, the
buzz of running out and playing, and the feeling in the changing rooms after
very proud of everything I have achieved in my career, particularly
captaining the Blues in the previous three seasons. None of it would have
been possible without my parents and the 2005 Grand Slam always stands out as
Mum and Dad were both there supporting me.
very grateful to Peter Thomas, the entire club and its brilliant supporters
for everything they have given me over the years, and also Gruff Rees and
John Mulvihill for making this transition from playing to coaching a smooth
am hanging up my boots with the club in a strong position and while missing
last season’s European Challenge Cup was personally devastating, I was
immensely proud of the culture, environment and legacy we have built."
Jenkins is second on the Blues’ all time appearance list, trailing only
Taufa’ao Filise, with 194 matches, he has won 129 Wales caps and five for the
British and Irish Lions during two of his three tours.