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Jenkins' turmoil after losing his job with Wales.

GARETH Jenkins has revealed his torment at his sacking from the Wales coaching job, following an eight-month exile from the game.

Jenkins returned to rugby yesterday in the role of head of regional development and recruitment with his beloved Llanelli Scarlets.

And he spoke for the first time about his failure to make a success of the national job, insisting he has now moved on from the episode.

"It's safe to say that what I went through eight months ago was not a great experience," said Jenkins.

"But sometimes in life you just have to deal with things like that.

The last eight months has fortunately allowed me to do that.

"The national coach's job, particularly in Wales is just so intense, everything you do is so public.

"When you are subjected to that level of scrutiny there comes a time when you just have to escape.

"I took the chance to do that in the last six months and I'm pleased I did.

"It took me a good couple of months to deal with the disappointment after I left the post and I took advantage of the chance to get out of the spotlight.

"However I don't regret doing the job, if I my time over again I would not have not done it.

"I won't be wearing the tracksuit any longer and I am comfortable with that.

"From now on I will have an administrative, overseeing job - and it is the right time for me to do something like this."

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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Jun 6, 2008
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