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Wales prop Gethin Jenkins keen to continue international career after World Cup

Wales prop Gethin Jenkins wants to continue his 13-year Test career beyond the Rugby World Cup.

Jenkins, who will be 35 next month, has already spoken with Wales head coach Warren Gatland about his international future.

The Cardiff Blues forward has won a record 118 caps for Wales, while he also featured in five Tests during the 2005 and 2009 British and Irish Lions tours of New Zealand and South Africa.

"I have had a quick chat with Warren about going on after the World Cup," Jenkins said on Tuesday.

"I have no plans to quit just yet.

"I am just taking each game at a time to see how that goes, and I'm enjoying my rugby."

Jenkins was rested for last Saturday's Pool A decider against Australia, but he could now return to face quarter-final opponents South Africa in four days' time at Twickenham.

And he has backed Wales to pick themselves up from that 15-6 defeat, a loss that sent them into the tournament's tougher half of the draw.

"The belief is there," Jenkins added. "We were disappointed we lost on the weekend, but the attention turned quickly towards the quarter-finals and making a statement this weekend.

"Four months of hard work will all come down to Saturday, and everyone is looking forward to trying to get the result.

"You know what is coming against South Africa. We have watched their games and been impressed by the manner in which they bounced back after losing to Japan.

"They have played well in the last three games, and the way they have turned things around shows how much it means to them.

"We are aware it's going to be a big challenge. We have had battles against them in the last 18 months and we know what they are about.

"They lost a few games in the Rugby Championship, but they have a quality coach and key, experienced players who have helped turn it around, mixed with the youth coming through. They play high-intensity rugby."


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