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Jenkins targets elusive win

Gethin Jenkins has achieved a lot in his rugby career - but captaining his country to victory has so far evaded him.

He will hardly have a better chance of ending that sequence, though, when unbeaten RBS 6 Nations leaders and title favourites Wales host Italy on Saturday.

"That was the first thing I thought of when 'Gats' (Wales coach Warren Gatland) asked me - to break that duck. Three out of three I have lost," Jenkins said. "Hopefully, on Saturday, we can turn that around."

Prop Jenkins takes over leadership duties from his Wales and Cardiff Blues colleague Sam Warburton, who will miss the Millennium Stadium clash due to a knee ligament strain.

The 31-year-old first skippered his country against South Africa in November, 2007 and also did the job on two further occasions, but Wales lost all three games.

Jenkins added: "There are a lot of leaders in the team and squad, and I haven't really done too much different to what I have been doing the last couple of weeks.

"It makes a massive difference when you are winning games. We could easily have lost one or two of those Six Nations games this season, but we dug in and won and we are on a bit of a roll.

"It makes training that much more enjoyable, and also it makes you want to keep improving and keep building on that momentum."


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