Full name Vivian Gordon James Jenkins
Born November 2, 1911, Aberavon
Died January 5, 2004, Harpenden (aged 92 years 64 days)
Major teams British Army, Great Britain, Wales
|Test debut||England v Wales at Twickenham, Jan 21, 1933 match details|
|Last Test||England v Wales at Twickenham, Jan 21, 1939 match details|
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A former Wales and British & Irish Lions international, Jenkins also played first class cricket for Oxford University and Glamorgan before going on to notch a notable career as a journalist.
Born in Port Talbot and brought up near Bridgend, he was educated at Llandovery College, Carmarthenshire, and at Jesus College, Oxford, where he gained Blues for rugby and cricket.
He won 15 caps for Wales between 1933-39 and was one of the first modern, attacking backs. Subsequently, he travelled to South Africa as vice-captain of the 1938 Lions. His tour was hampered by hamstring trouble, but in his only Test, at Ellis Park, Johannesburg, he kicked a prodigious penalty goal from inside his own half of the field. He also played for his county in 44 matches from 1931 to 1937, a competent wicketkeeper and stand-in for Glamorgan's regular stumper, Trevor Every.
He won his last cap against England at Twickenham in 1939, and shortly afterwards joined the News of the World as a sports writer. In the early 1950s, Jenkins joined the Sunday Times as its chief rugby writer; he remained in this position for more than 20 years until he retired in 1976. He also edited Rothmans Rugby Annual and did a stint as chairman of the Rugby Union Writers' Club.