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Pressure on Jenkins

Wales prop Gethin Jenkins will have a point to prove when he takes to the field to win his 91st cap against Argentina on Saturday.

The Toulon prop has been Wales' first-choice loosehead for the majority of the last eight seasons, and the two-time Lions' tourist has often been one of the first names of the team sheet for any Welsh coach. But the 31-year-old has found himself frustrated since leaving the Cardiff Blues to move to France during the summer.

"As everybody knows I haven't played as many games as I would like leading into this game, but on the positive side I have been involved in 15 matches with Toulon," he said.

Jenkins has found his path to a starting spot blocked by the not inconsiderable frame of an in-form Andrew Sheridan, and has made the vast majority of his appearances to date from the bench.

That left his Wales place under scrutiny with Paul James turning in a string of excellent displays for Bath. But interim head coach Rob Howley has given Jenkins the nod to face the Pumas, in a front row also including fellow Lion Matthew Rees and debutant tighthead Aaron Jarvis.

Jenkins acknowledges he needs to reward the faith shown in him by the Welsh coaching team.

He added: "I might not have played that much but I have played for a minimum of 20-25 minutes every game, some of them 40 minutes, and had two or three starts. So I am quite fresh, ready to go and looking forward to getting stuck in for my country.

"You always have a point to prove when you put on the Welsh jersey, nobody takes it for granted and I did not take my place for granted in this series and there are people putting pressure on me."

Jenkins admits it has taken him time to adjust to the different style of rugby in France, but feels he is beginning to adapt.

"French rugby is a lot different," he said. "I would say there is more emphasis on the scrum and tight forward play, the game is not too open although it can perhaps open up in the last 20-30 minutes. but it is more like a war of attrition really."

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