On this day in 2006: Wales name Gareth Jenkins as Mike Ruddock’s successor

Ruddock had stepped down less than a year after leading Wales to a Grand Slam.

Pa Sport Staff
Saturday 27 April 2024 06:00 BST
Gareth Jenkins landed the Wales job in 2006
Gareth Jenkins landed the Wales job in 2006 (PA Archive)

Wales appointed Gareth Jenkins as their new head coach on this day in 2006.

Mike Ruddock, who had won the Six Nations Grand Slam with Wales a year earlier, had resigned from his post in February.

And he was succeeded two months later by Jenkins, who signed a two-year contract to incorporate the 2007 World Cup.

Wales Rugby Union chairman David Pickering was part of a five-man panel that recommended Jenkins for the position.

Pickering said: “What shone through for us was Gareth’s fantastic passion and vision for the game. He is a coach of the highest calibre and he has had success over many years with Llanelli.

“We, as a board, are absolutely delighted. He is the right man at the right time to take Wales forward. We went out to seek the best man for the job – it is what we said from day one – and we know we have got the best person for the job.”

A firm favourite of the Welsh supporters, Jenkins enjoyed success with Llanelli and was assistant Wales coach when they were crowned 1994 Five Nations champions.

Additionally, he helped Ian McGeechan mould an unbeaten midweek team during the 2005 British and Irish Lions tour of New Zealand.

However, Jenkins’ reign in charge lasted just 20 Tests and he won only six games before his dismissal in September 2007 following a disappointing World Cup campaign.

Wales had beaten Canada and Japan in their group, but lost their decisive match against Fiji, meaning they did not reach the quarter-finals of the competition.

Following Jenkins’ departure, Warren Gatland was then appointed as Wales boss and immediately led the side to a Six Nations Grand Slam in 2008.

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