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RUGBY UNION: JENKINS IN POINT TO PROVE.

NEIL JENKINS might be the sharpest shot in the history of Test rugby, but he has yet to impress with the boot at Twickenham.

Jenkins is just 34 points short of becoming the first player to reach the mystical 1000 barrier. Yet at the home of English rugby, Wales' most- capped player has fired little more than blanks.

Never mind that he kicked 22 points at Wembley last year, including the last-ditch conversion which so dramatically denied England victory and a 12th Grand Slam.

At Twickenham, scene of tomorrow's showdown, Jenks the Boot has not been a factor.

Since his first visit there in 1992, a player who has plundered 954 points on the other battlefields of world rugby has amassed all of 12 - four paltry penalty goals. It helps explain why Jenkins has never won at Headquarters, where Wales are winless since 1988.

Jenkins, 28, said: "Winning there is one of my last remaining ambitions but time is running out for me - this could well be my last chance.

"Our win last year has given us some confidence but we are all well aware that if we ain't on fire we ain't going to get anywhere near England.

"Winning at Wembley was a great achievement and we were thrilled to bits. But I see England as one of the best sides in the world - definitely up there with the southern hemisphere."
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Mar 3, 2000
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