Albert Jenkins (rugby union)

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Albert Jenkins
Full name Albert Edward Jenkins
Date of birth (1895-03-11)11 March 1895
Place of birth Llanelli,[1] Wales
Date of death 7 October 1953(1953-10-07) (aged 58)
Place of death Llanelli, Wales
Height 5 ft 9 in
Weight 12 st 8 lb
Rugby union career
Position(s) Centre
Amateur team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
Seaside Stars
Llanelli RFC
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
1920–1928 Wales 14 (47)

Albert Jenkins (11 March 1895 – 7 October 1953) was an international rugby player for Wales and played club rugby for Llanelli RFC between 1919 and 1928. Jenkins was one of the greatest backs to have played for Llanelli and is compared to later Scarlet heroes Lewis Jones and Phil Bennett.[2] Jenkins was a strong tackler and was an extremely fast runner from a standing start. He was also an excellent kicker with either foot and could punt the ball half the length of the pitch. He was sometimes criticised for his decision making on the field, and wasn't at his best away from Stradey Park.[2]

Jenkins is seen as one of Llanelli's greatest players but unfortunately for Jenkins he was at his peak when Welsh rugby was at one of its worst points in its history.

Club career[edit]

Jenkins played for Llanelli juniors but on the outbreak of the First World War Jenkins joined the British Army and served in France in the 38th Welsh Regiment. On his return in 1919, Jenkins rejoined Llanelli and gained a position in the senior team. He would later play for Llanelli against the New Zealand All Blacks, losing in 1924, but beating them 3-0 in 1926.

International career[edit]

Jenkins played fourteen matches for Wales, his first cap was against England on 14 January 1920 just four months after his Llanelli debut. His greatest international was the game against Ireland in 1920 when Jenkins set up three tries for club mate Bryn Williams, scored a try himself, kicked two of the resulting conversions and was successful with a drop goal attempt. In the 1921 game against Scotland, Jenkins played with incredible commitment, but on occasions it appeared he was playing the Scots on his own due to the poor performance of the rest of the Welsh team.

Jenkins would go on to captain Wales twice, his first against Ireland in 1923, losing both games.

International matches played[edit]



  • Smith, David; Williams, Gareth (1980). Fields of Praise: The Official History of The Welsh Rugby Union. Cardiff: University of Wales Press. ISBN 0-7083-0766-3. 
  • Thomas, Wayne (1979). A Century of Welsh Rugby Players. Ansells Ltd. 


  1. ^ Welsh Rugby Union player profiles
  2. ^ a b Thomas (1979), pg 60.
  3. ^ Smith (1980), pg 467.
Rugby Union Captain
Preceded by
Dai Hiddlestone
Llanelli RFC Captain
Succeeded by
Bryn S. Evans
Preceded by
Bryn S. Evans
Llanelli RFC Captain
Succeeded by
Bryn S. Evans
Preceded by
Bryn S. Evans
Llanelli RFC Captain
Succeeded by
Ivor Jones