Cardiff Blues sign Rowan Jenkins on short-term deal

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Cardiff Blues have bolstered their front row options with the signing of loosehead prop Rowan Jenkins from Indigo Group Premiership side Aberavon RFC on a short=term deal.

The 29-year-old joins up with a squad that has just two other senior loosehead options in Corey Domachowski and Brad Thyer, with Rhys Gill on the long-term injury list due to a bicep tear and Rhys Carre away with Wales until mid-December.

Jenkins is a former Wales U18 international, and has had a spell with Leeds in the Greene King Championship, but spent the majority of his career at the Talbot Athletic Ground, playing over 250 times for the Wizards and establishing a reputation as the best loosehead in the Premiership.

He has been in and around the Ospreys setup for a number of years, playing regularly in the British & Irish Cup, Anglo-Welsh Cup and Celtic Cup, as well as making five Guinness Pro14 appearances and even a Heineken Champions Cup outing off the bench against Northampton in December 2017.

Speaking to the Cardiff Blues official website, Jenkins said “It’s been a real privilege to be invited into Cardiff Blues environment and given this opportunity, particularly at this time and all the uncertainty around rugby.

“The Blues got in touch through Tom Smith a couple of weeks ago and it has been great to train with the region and I’m now looking forward to getting onto the pitch. I’ve also been very fortunate to have the full support of Aberavon and their chairman Andrew Vaughan, who have allowed me to take up this opportunity to advance my career.”

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