In a week when Cardiff Blues suffered defeat to current Pro12 basement team Benneton Treviso in Italy, some good news was badly needed. I was very pleased to learn that Gethin Jenkins has decided to extend his contract with Blues until at least the summer of 2017. Battle-hardened Jenkins, who has made 121 appearances for Wales as well as 164 for the Blues, has a wealth of experience at the very highest level and is a welcome boost to the capital-city region.
Warren Gatland recently revealed that Jenkins will almost certainly not represent Wales at the next world cup, with the New Zealander already planning for the future of Wales’ front row options. I just think what Jenkins has achieved as an athlete has been astonishing, both on the domestic and international front. He even played during Toulon’s victorious Heineken Cup Final of the 2012-13 season, during his brief stint in France. I sincerely hope that, when the time comes, he pledges his future beyond his playing career to Cardiff Blues also.