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Wales’ Gethin Jenkins: ‘My whole life has been rugby, that’s not going to change’

The prop turns 36 next month but is determined to keep playing for as long he can, although Richie McCaw’s cap record is not a driving force

Gethin Jenkins has not been given to outbursts of emotion during a first-class career that started at the beginning of the century, so he was never likely to bite on the observation that he was closing in on Richie McCaw’s international cap record of 148.

Jenkins, who turns 36 on 17 November, will join the former New Zealand hooker Keven Mealamu on 132 caps if he plays against Australia at the Principality Stadium on Saturday, and he is set to start because Rob Evans is missing the entire autumn series through injury. That would leave George Gregan (139), Brian O’Driscoll (141) and McCaw ahead of him.

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