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Jenkins to play in France



Wales and British Lions prop Gethin Jenkins is poised to follow in the footsteps of several international teammates by playing in France next season.

Jenkins has confirmed he will leave Cardiff Blues next season, with the 31-year-old believed to have signed a two-year contract at Toulon where he will link up the likes of Jonny Wilkinson, Matt Giteau and Bakkies Botha.

Jenkins is the latest in a growing line of Welsh stars to head to France, following Mike Phillips, James Hook and Lee Byrne.

World Cup squad member Aled Brew also recently agreed a move to Biarritz while Perpignan are reportedly targeting lock Luke Charteris.

"I definitely will not be with the Blues next season, and yes, I am going to France," Jenkins told the Western Mail.

"I was offered a deal by the Blues, but that was after talks were put off about an extension on several occasions.

"In the end, they said they couldn't pay me while I was fulfilling international commitments, and so I felt I had no choice.

"I had to think about my future, just like any player or anyone in any walk of life would do.

"I won't leave with any bitterness and I will give the Blues everything between now and the end of this season, just the same as I have always done.

"But after that, it will be time for me to have a fresh start and a new challenge."

Jenkins has won 84 caps for Wales and played in five tests for the British and Irish Lions.

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