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Jenkins pens new Blues deal
October 20, 2009
Cardiff Blues boss Gethin Jenkins races forward, Cardiff Blues v Gloucester, Anglo-Welsh Cup final, Twickenham, April 18, 2009
Gethin Jenkins has signed a new deal with Cardiff Blues © Getty Images

  • Gethin Jenkins has signed a new deal with the Cardiff Blues, keeping him at the region until 2012. Jenkins, Wales' most-capped prop and a five Test British & Irish Lion, returned from injury and took the captain's armband in Cardiff's Heineken Cup defeat to Sale last Friday.

    "It's great that we've now actually signed the contract and I am now back on the field of play," he said. "I'm happy here at the Blues and things are certainly moving forward and I hope we can again reach the heights of last season. Dai [Young, Blues coach] has looked after me well which has helped me carry on throughout the seasons.

    "When you play eight or ten international games on top of the regional matches it does take its toll on the body. The rehabilitation went well over the summer so I was pleased to come back within 12 weeks of the operation."

  • Northampton Saints have suspended lock Juandre Kruger for one week following his citing for allegedly stamping on Perpignan scrum-half Nicolas Durand during last weekend's Heineken Cup loss. Kruger will miss the Guinness Premiership tie against Sale following an internal disciplinary hearing.

  • Newly-instated Queensland Reds coach Ewen McKenzie has begun work with his new charges, overseeing their first training session of the season. McKenzie was sacked by Stade Francais at the start of the French domestic season and has quickly settled in to his new role, demanding that his players are fit and firing for the start of the new season in February.

    "The complexity of Super Rugby is that it is a short competition," he said. "You can play yourself in and out of form in Europe, here you've got to be on song from the first week to the end."

  • Western Force boss John Mitchell has emphasised that his side are not dwelling on the loss of Wallabies Matt Giteau and Drew Mitchell. Giteau has signed with the Brumbies and Mitchell with the Waratahs but Mitchell insists that next season's Super 14 will be a fresh start for his side.

    "People would like to compare and look at the past and look at what individuals offered, but this is a new team on a new journey," he told AAP. "It's really exciting from that aspect. "It's important for us to appreciate the people who have played for the club and always we will appreciate them and reflect on what they've done but we've got to move on now and have moved on. They've moved on to different pastures, too."


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