Welsh rugby legend Gethin Jenkins is to retire from his club and country after a painful battle with a chronic knee injury.
The record Welsh appearance maker will bow out in front of his home fans at Cardiff Arms Park as Cardiff take on Zebre in the Pro 14 in what is sure to be an emotional day. It will be his first appearance for the Blues this season due to injury.
The Cardiff club released a statement this morning, in which Jenkins stated his reasoning behind the decision,
“The pain I have been experiencing from rugby, in my daily life, simply isn’t tolerable but it’s important to me that after all the work I have put in, I run out with my team one last time and finish on my own terms”.
Bydd Gethin Jenkins yn ymddeol yn dilyn y gêm yn erbyn Zebre prynhawn Sul (CG 2.45yh)
— Cardiff Blues (@cardiff_blues) October 31, 2018
The veteran of 129 caps, also thanked his parents for helping him throughout his career,
“I’m very proud of everything I have achieved in my career, particularly captaining the Blues in the previous three seasons. None of it would have been possible without my parents and the 2005 Grand Slam always stands out as Mum and Dad were both there supporting me”.
Fans took to Twitter earlier to congratulate Jenkins on his illustrious career.
One of those players as an opposition fan you always hated coming up against and that speaks volumes about how good a player he was. Good luck on his retirement and future career.
— Neil Macdougall ?????????????? (@DougallChops) October 31, 2018
Jenkins will now take up a coaching role within the Cardiff Blues academy as he looks at life after playing.
Cardiff Blues take on Zebre at Cardiff Arms Park on Sunday, November 4 (2.45pm).