Neil Jenkins

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Neil scored 1,049 points for Wales in 87 internationals with 11 tries, 130 cons, 235 pens and 10 drop goals and was one of the deadliest kickers in world rugby. For Wales he played outside half on 65 occasions; centre in eight; full back in eight and replacement in six. His first 67 caps where won while with Pontypridd, then 19 from Cardiff and the final cap while back at Pontypridd. He notched 30 points – a Wales record – against Italy in 1999 (one try, five cons and five pens); kicked nine penalties in 29 points against France in a non-championship game of 1999; 28 against Canada in 1999; 27 against Italy in 2000; three drop goals against Scotland in 2001; 11 conversions against Portugal in 1994 and the vital winning conversions over England at Cardiff 1993 and at Wembley in 1999. His debut was against England in 1991, while his final match against Romania saw 20 points scored in 2002. He toured Australia 1991; Zimbabwe/Namibia 1993; Canada/South Seas 1994; South Africa 1995; Australia 1996; Argentina 1999 and South Africa 2002. He scored 41 points (one con and 13 pens) in three 1997 Lions tests in South Africa from full back that helped win the series. He made one test appearance without scoring for the Lions in Australia in 2001. He attended Llaniltud Fardre Primary and then Brycelynnog Comprehensive School in Beddau and with Pontypridd Youth he was capped by Wales Youth in 1990. He began senior rugby with Pontypridd in April 1990 and in two spells he scored 3,185 points in 237 appearances for the club, skippering in 1996-97; 1997-98 and 1998-99, when he then moved to Cardiff from 1999-2000 to 2001-02 scoring 655 points in 45 games. For Pontypridd he notched 370 points (1994-95 and 1996-97) and 325 points (1998-99) among his best. He was the first man to score 2,000 league points (10 seasons) by 1999-2000; kicked nine penalties against Pontypool in 1993-94. He played for Pontypridd again in 2002-03 then was with the Celtic Warriors in 2003-04 scoring 299 points in 26 games. His 87 caps were a Welsh record in 2002 and he was also capped for Wales ‘A’, ‘B’ and under-21 teams. Since 2004 he has been the Wales kicking skills coach and in that role he toured with the 2009 Lions to South Africa and the 2017 Lions to New Zealand, plus Wales to South Africa in 2014. He made his debut for the Barbarians in 1994 and in 2000 he played for them against South Africa, Scotland and Leicester (kicking nine conversions). He was selected as the Player of the Year in 1994 and 1995 by the Welsh Rugby Annual. His international career spanned 11 years and in 2000 he was awarded the MBE for services to sport.