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Vivian Jenkins

Nation: Wales
Place of Birth: Port Talbot, November 2, 1911
Position: Full back
Internationals: 14 caps between 1933 and 1939
Inducted: England v Wales (March 20, 2004)

The following article has been adapted from the original by Dai Llewellyn, which focused on two players. It has been changed to highlight only the selected inductee’s information.

The former Wales full back, Vivian Jenkins, died in 2004, aged 92. A double Blue in cricket and rugby at Oxford, Jenkins won 14 caps between 1933 and 1939. He also played cricket for Glamorgan before going on to become a distinguished journalist covering cricket and rugby, first for the News of the World then for the Sunday Times, finally editing Rothman’s Rugby Yearbook.

Jenkins had them gasping on the terraces when he scored a try against Ireland from full back, the first Welshman to do so. It was another 33 years before Keith Jarrett became the second full back to touch down in an international.

There was another first for Jenkins before that. Though. On his debut in 1933 against England at Twickenham – one he shared with two other Glamorgan cricketers, Wilf Wooller and Maurice Turnbull – he was a member of the Wales team which recorded its first victory on Billy Williams’ cabbage patch, a win for which they had waited 23 years. Jenkins landed a conversion which was given as over by the Welsh touch judge, but which was ruled wide by referee Tom Bell.

Article by Dai Llewellyn


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