Cardiff RFC have added to the backroom coaching staff with the appointment of Gethin Jenkins as the new defence coach.
The 38-year-old retired from playing last month after a persistent knee injury prevented his full-time return, with his last game coming in the home win over Zebre. He played 195 games for Cardiff Blues, won 129 caps for Wales and appeared in five tests on British and Irish Lions tours.
Jenkins looked after the defence during Cardiff Blues A’s recent Celtic Cup campaign and has taken up a role with the Cardiff Blues academy after retiring, as well as lending a hand with the new Wales U19 setup.
He joins another former Cardiff Blues player and current academy coach in the Blue and Blacks setup, with T Rhys Thomas looking after the forwards as of the start of September.
Gethin’s first game in charge saw him help Steve Law’s men to a stunning 28-34 victory over league leaders Merthyr at The Wern, as Cardiff maintain contact with top spot after an impressive run of form from the end of September to the start of December.
“It’s great to link up with Cardiff RFC alongside my role with the Blues academy and I’m looking forward to contributing to the group in whatever way I can,” Gethin Jenkins told the Cardiff RFC official website.
“Defence is something I feel I know well, having spent so long being coached by Shaun Edwards and worked closely with Richard Hodges. Hopefully I can help the Blue and Blacks as they enter the second half of the season, while gaining further experience in my own progression into coaching.”