Legendary loosehead prop Gethin Jenkins has left his role as Cardiff Blues Academy coach to take up the role of Technical Coach with Wales, focusing on the breakdown and defence.
The 39-year-old played 195 times for Cardiff Blues in two spells either side of a season at Toulon, as well as winning 129 caps for Wales and playing in five tests for British and Irish Lions, in a career that spanned almost 20 years.
After retiring early in the 2018/19 campaign, Jenkins has been involved with coaching the Academy, Cardiff Blues A in the Celtic Cup, Cardiff RFC in the Indigo Group Premiership and Wales U20 in the U20 Six Nations, focusing mainly on defence.
He will now join Wayne Pivac’s coaching staff on a full-time basis, taking over from another former Cardiff Blues favourite in Sam Warburton, who steps down to focus on commitments away from coaching.
Speaking to the Welsh Rugby Union official website, Jenkins said “I would like to thank Richard Holland, John Mulvihill, and Gruff Rees for giving me the opportunity to start my coaching career at Cardiff Blues. I would also like to thank Steve Law at Cardiff RFC for giving me free rein to experience preparing a team on a week to week basis.
“I’m relishing the opportunity to get stuck into the international environment, working with quality coaches and players at the top of their game. I’m well versed on the demands of the international game and I’m looking forward to offering my input and where I can add to the environment.”