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Encyclopedia > Gareth Jenkins
Gareth Jenkins
Full name Gareth Jenkins
Date of birth September 11, 1951 (age 56)
Place of birth Burry Port, Carmarthenshire, Wales
Nickname Toupee, Gyppo
Rugby union career
Position Flanker
Amateur clubs
1974
Llanelli RFC
correct as of 30 September 2007.
National team(s) Caps (points)
Wales B
correct as of 30 September 2007.
Teams coached
1982-2006
2006-2007
Llanelli
Wales
correct as of 30 September 2007.
Other Information

Gareth Jenkins (born 11 September 1951) is a former Welsh rugby union footballer, and ex head coach of the Welsh national team. His managerial style is said to resemble the style of the fictional soccer coach Mike Bassett. He is affectionately known by his players and family as 'Toupee' or 'Gyppo'. He was fired by the Welsh Rugby Union on 30 September 2007, following Wales' failure to qualify for the quarterfinals of the 2007 Rugby World Cup. He left the top post with a dismal record of six wins from 20 matches. is the 254th day of the year (255th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1951 (MCMLI) was a common year starting on Monday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Burry Port (Welsh: Porth Tywyn) is a small town five miles outside the larger centre of Llanelli in Carmarthenshire, Wales, lying on the Loughor estuary. ... Carmarthenshire (Welsh: ) is a one of thirteen historic counties and a principal area in Wales. ... This article is about the country. ... For other uses, see Rugby (disambiguation). ... A rugby union team is made up of 15 players: eight forwards, numbered from 1 to 8; and seven backs, numbered from 9 to 15[1]. Depending upon the competition, there may be up to seven replacements. ... A rugby union team is made up of 15 players: eight forwards, numbered from 1 to 8; and seven backs, numbered from 9 to 15[1]. Depending upon the competition, there may be up to seven replacements. ... Official website www. ... is the 273rd day of the year (274th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st Century. ... The following is a list of international rugby union teams: Any team added to this list should have a corresponding Category:International rugby union teams or Category:National rugby union teams link put into the bottom the article to keep the Category database up to date. ... A cap is an appearance for a select team, such as a school, county or international team in sports. ... First international  England 30 – 0 Wales  (19 February 1881) Largest win  Japan 0 – 98 Wales  (26 November 2004) Worst defeat  South Africa 96 – 13 Wales  (27 June 1998) World Cup Appearances 5 (First in 1987) Best result Third 1987 The Wales national rugby union team (also referred to as the... is the 273rd day of the year (274th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st Century. ... Official website www. ... First international  England 30 – 0 Wales  (19 February 1881) Largest win  Japan 0 – 98 Wales  (26 November 2004) Worst defeat  South Africa 96 – 13 Wales  (27 June 1998) World Cup Appearances 5 (First in 1987) Best result Third 1987 The Wales national rugby union team (also referred to as the... is the 273rd day of the year (274th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st Century. ... is the 254th day of the year (255th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1951 (MCMLI) was a common year starting on Monday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the country. ... For other uses, see Rugby (disambiguation). ... First international  England 30 – 0 Wales  (19 February 1881) Largest win  Japan 0 – 98 Wales  (26 November 2004) Worst defeat  South Africa 96 – 13 Wales  (27 June 1998) World Cup Appearances 5 (First in 1987) Best result Third 1987 The Wales national rugby union team (also referred to as the... Mike Bassett: Manager is a British TV comedy series, which began transmitting from September 29, 2005 on ITV. It is a follow-up to the film Mike Bassett: England Manager, and stars Ricky Tomlinson in the title role Steve Edge as his assistant, and Amanda Redman as his long-suffering...

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Playing career

Born in Burry Port, Jenkins played as a flanker for Llanelli RFC, Wales B side and the Barbarians. Jenkins also toured Japan with the Welsh national team in 1975, but was not capped. Jenkins coached both Llanelli RFC and the Llanelli Scarlets region from its inception until 2006 when he accepted the position as the coach for the Welsh national team. Burry Port (Welsh: Porth Tywyn) is a small town five miles outside the larger centre of Llanelli in Carmarthenshire, Wales, lying on the Loughor estuary. ... Official website www. ... The original Barbarians Barbarian Football Club, typically referred to as Barbarians and nicknamed the Baa_Baas, are an invitational rugby union team. ... Official website www. ...


Jenkins made 259 appearances for Llanelli RFC since his debut as a 17 year old, before his career was cut short by injury at the age of 26. He was a member of the Llanelli team that famously beat New Zealand 9-3 at Stradey Park in 1973.


Coaching career

Llanelli

During his 24 year stint as coach of Llanelli RFC, he won thirteen Welsh Cup victories, a 1992-93 League and cup double (a first for a Welsh club)plus a win over the World Champion Australians in the same year. In 1998-99 and 2001-02 Llanelli won league titles and the newly formed regional side Llanelli Scarlets won the 2003 Celtic League Championship under his guidance. It was during this time he also lead Llanelli and the Scarlets to Heineken Cup semi final places in 2000 and 2002. However his team consistently fell just short in big games, notably when the chips were down in the Heineken Cup games. In addition to this, he previously was assistant coach of Wales during the 1993/94 season, when Wales won the Five Nations championship. Official website www. ... The Heineken Cup sponsored by Heineken (known as the H Cup in France due to alcohol advertising laws) is an annual rugby union competition involving leading club, regional and provincial teams from England, France, Ireland, Italy, Scotland and Wales. ... The Heineken Cup sponsored by Heineken (known as the H Cup in France due to alcohol advertising laws) is an annual rugby union competition involving leading club, regional and provincial teams from England, France, Ireland, Italy, Scotland and Wales. ...


Wales national team

Jenkins was rejected when he applied for the job of coach to the Welsh national team in 2004, when he was seen as virtually the only serious candidate for the job. It was suggested that his insistence on bringing in his own backroom staff, who lacked the requisite experience and skill, cost him the job. Instead, the Welsh Rugby Union invited Mike Ruddock to apply for the post, even though he had not originally made himself available for the role. The decision was justified by Ruddock's immediate success, as he coached the Welsh team to their first Grand Slam in 28 years. First international  England 30 – 0 Wales  (19 February 1881) Largest win  Japan 0 – 98 Wales  (26 November 2004) Worst defeat  South Africa 96 – 13 Wales  (27 June 1998) World Cup Appearances 5 (First in 1987) Best result Third 1987 The Wales national rugby union team (also referred to as the... The Welsh Rugby Union (WRU) (Welsh: ) is the governing body of rugby union in Wales, recognised by the International Rugby Board. ... Mike Ruddock, OBE (born 5 September 1959 in Blaina) was the coach of the Welsh national rugby union team from 2004 until February 2006. ... A Grand Slam can be completed in two ways in rugby union. ...


In February 2006, halfway through the 2006 Six Nations campaign having decided to go at the end of the campaign for personal reasons, Mike Ruddock was forced to resigned by the WRU.[1] He was replaced on an intermediate basis by skills coach Scott Johnson,[2]who at the end of the campaign returned for family reasons to his native Australia, to become attacking coach under John Connolly.[3] Mike Ruddock, OBE (born 5 September 1959 in Blaina) was the coach of the Welsh national rugby union team from 2004 until February 2006. ... John Connolly is the name of: John Connolly (prospector), (1860-1928), Australian prospector John Connolly (bishop), (1750-1825), second bishop of New York John Connolly (rugby), current head coach of the Australia national rugby union team John Connolly (FBI), a former FBI agent, currently in federal prison for racketeering and...


Having toured New Zealand with the British and Irish Lions as part of Clive Woodward's coaching team, in April 2006 Jenkins was named as the new Welsh national coach, under a two year contract.[4] His first duty was a development tour of Argentina, but almost immediately Jenkins came in for criticism from the Welsh media due to a poor run of results. His first home test match saw a credible 29-29 draw with Australia, but lacklustre performances against the Pacific Islanders, Canada and the All Blacks saw confidence dip and in the 2007 Six Nations Championship Wales slipped to 4 defeats including a 23-20 reversal at the hands of Italy. Jenkins finally got a victory over England on the final day of the championship by 27-18, denying England the championship, whilst simultaneously avoiding the dreaded wooden spoon; which went to Scotland. First match Otago 3 - 8 Lions (as Great Britain) (28 April 1888) Largest win Manawatu 6 - 109 Lions (28 June 2005) Worst defeat New Zealand 38 - 6 Lions (16 July 1983) Jonny Wilkinson taking a penalty for the Lions The British and Irish Lions (until 2001 known as the British... Sir Clive Ronald Woodward, CBE (born 6 January 1956 at Ely in Cambridgeshire) is a former English rugby union international who was the coach of the England rugby union team from 1997 to 2004. ... First international  Australia 3 - 22 New Zealand  (15 August 1903) Largest win  New Zealand 145 - 17 Japan  (4 June 1995) Worst defeat  Australia 28 - 7 New Zealand  (28 August 1999) World Cup Appearances 5 (First in 1987) Best result Champions, 1987 This article is about the Rugby Union team. ... Rugby was played at Croke Park for the first time, seen here during the Irish-French match. ... A wooden spoon is a spoon, usually used in food preparation, that is made of wood. ...


His long term position and that of his under fire coaching team was under renewed pressure from fans and commentators following the decision to take a heavily weakened squad to Australia; with an ultimate 2-0 test series loss.


After a record thrashing by England at Twickenham (62-5), Jenkins came under increasing pressure from the Welsh fans and media, but insisted he was to be judged on performances at the 2007 Rugby World Cup in France. Wales failed to qualify for the quarter finals of the world cup, losing to second-tier nation Fiji 34-38.[5] Jenkins tenure as Welsh coach came to an end the following day on 30 September 2007, informed of the Welsh Rugby Union's decision by chief executive Roger Lewis and chairman David Pickering at the team's hotel.[6] In failing to offer a resignation Jenkins achieved the dubious honour of being the first ever Welsh coach to be sacked by his union. The 2007 Rugby World Cup is the sixth Rugby World Cup, a quadrennial international rugby union world championship inaugurated in 1987. ... is the 273rd day of the year (274th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st Century. ...

  • Record: - Played: 20; Won: 6; Drawn: 1; Lost: 13

References

  1. ^ Ruddock steps down as Wales coach BBC Wales - 14 February, 2006
  2. ^ Johnson 'did not covet' Wales job BBC Wales - 15 September, 2006
  3. ^ Johnson agrees to join Wallabies BBC Wales - 24 March 2006
  4. ^ Wales unveil Jenkins as new coach BBC Wales - 27 April 2006
  5. ^ RWC 2007: Wales 34, Fiji 38 BBC Sport - 29 September, 2007
  6. ^ Wales axe Jenkins after Cup exit BBC Wales - 30 September, 2007

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