Garin Jenkins

Garin Jenkins

3 stars

  • Available For Personal Appearances & Is Also Proving Very Popular On The After Dinner Circuit

Garin Jenkins was born on 27 Feb 1969. His career began at Ynysybwl before moving to New Zealand where he played for Taupo and  Kings Country.

Garin is Wales’s most capped hooker (having overtaken Bryn Meredith in 1998), Garin Jenkins won his first cap shortly before the 1991 World Cup. He went on to play in all three of Wales’s World Cup matches and moved from Pontypool to Swansea after the tournament. He has remained loyal to the club ever since, winning league and cup honours with them as well as captaining the side. After playing for Wales throughout the 1992 season, Jenkins was dropped in 1993 but won his place back in time for the 1995 World Cup.

However, he was axed after the opening game against Japan – this time in favour of Jon Humphreys – and then disgraced himself when he was sent off playing against South Africa in September 1995. For the next two and a half years he played just three matches for Wales as Humphreys and Barry Williams were promoted ahead of him. Recalled to the Test side during the 1998 Five Nations, Jenkins was initially discarded when Graham Henry took control in July 1998, but he has since fought his way back into the side and is now playing the best rugby of his life. He scored his second international try (the first was against Spain in 1994) against Argentina during the summer tour. During the World Cup he played in all four games, and against Australia became the eighth Welshman to win 50 caps.

Jenkins decided to call an end to his career after consultation with chief medical professionals, who hinted of the risk of further injury, should he choose to continue playing.

Garin is still involved with coaching the game he loves. Garin is available for personal appearances and is also proving very popular on the after dinner circuit.