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Neil Jenkins (born 8 July 1971) is a former rugby union footballer who played fly-half, centre, or full back for Pontypridd and Cardiff, Wales and the British and Irish Lions. is the 189th day of the year (190th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1971 (MCMLXXI) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the 1971 Gregorian calendar. ... A rugby union scrum. ... Pontypridd Rugby Football Club are a rugby union team from Wales, playing in the Welsh Premier Division. ... 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... For the Great Britain Lions rugby league football team of similiar title, go to Great Britain national rugby league team 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...


Jenkins was born in Church Village, Wales. He attended Bryn Celynnog Comprehensive school in Beddau, South Wales. He made his Wales debut aged 19 along with Scott Gibbs. Jenkins strength was his kicking, and many felt that he was not worthy enough to inherit the Welsh number 10 shirt of Barry John, Phil Bennett and Cliff Morgan. However, after tremendous criticism early in his career, Jenkins developed his tackling, passing and running skills and became an adequate runner of the ball and a very good passer of the ball. Kicking always remained his major strength - in the 2003/4 season, he was successful with 44 consecutive kicks at goal for his club side, the Celtic Warriors, which is a world record, as of August 2007. This article is about the country. ... Bryn Celynnog is a comprehensive school in Beddau, South Wales. ... Beddau (Welsh for Graves) is a small town/village situated near the Welsh town of Pontypridd. ... Approximate extent of South East Wales. ... 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... Scott Gibbs (Born 23 January 1971 in Bridgend) is a former rugby footballer who represented Wales and the Lions in rugby union and Wales and Great Britain in rugby league. ... Barry John (born 6 January 1945 in Cefneithin, Wales) is a Welsh rugby union footballer, considered by many to be the greatest fly-half in the sports history. ... Phil Bennett (born October 24, 1948) was a Welsh Rugby Union fly half from 1969 to 1978. ... Cliff Morgan (born 7 April 1930 at Trebanog, Rhondda) is a former Welsh rugby union player who played for Cardiff RFC and earned 29 caps for Wales between 1951 and 1958. ... The Celtic Warriors were a regional Rugby Union team from Wales, playing in the Celtic League and European Rugby Cup/European Rugby Shield. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ...


Jenkins went on the 1997 British Lions tour to South Africa, playing full back in all three tests. His extremely accurate goalkicking enabled the Lions to stay in touch with the Springboks during the first two tests, allowing them to win both of them, and thus the series 2-1. The 1997 British Lions tour to South Africa was the first after the end of apartheid in that country, and the first professional tour. ...


Jenkins also went on the 2001 British and Irish Lions tour to Australia, but was carrying an injury, English fly-half Jonny Wilkinson being the preferred fly-half and goalkicker. Jenkins did gain his fourth Lions cap as a late replacement in the second test. The 2001 British and Irish Lions tour to Australia. ... Jonathan Peter Jonny Wilkinson OBE (born 25 May 1979 in Frimley, Surrey) is an English rugby union player and member of the England rugby union team. ...


During his 87 caps he scored 1049 points, the first player to score over 1,000 points in International Rugby, in an often struggling Welsh side. At the time of writing, August 2007, this is the current world record.


Jenkins was left out of Wales' 2003 World Cup squad and subsequently announced his retirement from international rugby.


Despite the early public criticism, Jenkins has established himself as a recognisable figure of Welsh rugby, and many Welsh rugby fans hold him in extremely high regard, not only because of his rugby achievements, but also because he has remained true to his roots, and is widely known to be approachable and genuine, characteristics which often elude other leading Welsh rugby players.


He remains, statistically, the most accomplished goalkicker in rugby union.


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