Cardiff Blues loosehead prop Gethin Jenkins is set to return to playing action this weekend as he prepares to turn out for Cardiff Blues A away to Connacht A in Galway.
The 37-year-old has not played since featuring against Pau in last season’s Challenge Cup semi-final, after struggling to overcome a persistent calf injury. He missed out on the Final in Bilbao and suffered a further setback over the summer which ruled him out of the first month of the season.
In place of playing Jenkins has undertaken a coaching role with Cardiff Blues A, leading the defence of the development side alongside T Rhys Thomas (forwards) and Richie Rees (backs/attack) in the very first Celtic Cup campaign.
With Gethin injured the first team starting loosehead berth has largely been held by Brad Thyer, although Rhys Gill has also featured. Young prop Rhys Carre has received his Pro14 debut off the bench as well.
Jenkins will now look to work his way back to full fitness in the hope of earning a first team spot and passing the 200 appearances mark for Cardiff Blues. He currently sits on 194, with 129 Wales caps and five British and Irish Lions test caps to his name.
Short-term though he will be aiming to secure a win with Cardiff Blues A who currently sit third in the Welsh pool of the Celtic Cup.
However, with top spot Scarlets travelling to Munster this weekend and us having to face Ospreys next week, a win at Connacht would open up an opportunity to nab top spot in the pool and face the best Irish side in the Final.
That game next weekend is on Saturday 13th October at the Arms Park with a 14:30 kick-off.