Jenkins vows to take chance

Wales prop determined to keep his place

Last Updated: 19/02/08 6:11pm

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Jenkins: Has a point to prove

Jenkins: Has a point to prove

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Wales prop Gethin Jenkins is targeting making the number one shirt his own after being recalled for the clash against Italy on Saturday.

Having skippered Wales against South Africa in November, Jenkins found him relegated to bench-warming duties for the start of the RBS Six Nations by new coach Warren Gatland.

However, Jenkins will use the hurt of the snub to drive him on against the Azzurri.

And the Cardiff Blue front-rower is determined to ensure he remains part of Gatland's starting line-up.

"The boys who have come in all have a point to prove," said Jenkins. "We all have a chance to show that we deserve that jersey.

Disappointing

"The first week he (Gatland) turned up I realised I wasn't going to be starting. You can always sense from training whether you are going to be in the team.

"To go from captain to the bench was really disappointing for me. I wasn't given too many reasons.

"Warren just said he wanted to go with Duncan and Adam Jones and he was going to put me on the bench. It is up to Warren what he thinks is the best team. I am used to coming off the bench but that doesn't mean I was happy with it. I hate not starting.

"This is the first chance I have had in front of Warren, the first chance he has given me to start. Now I just want to keep the jersey for the next three games."

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