Jenkins is new Wales coach

Llanelli Scarlets director of rugby Gareth Jenkins has been named as the new Wales coach, beating Leeds Tykes counterpart Phil Davies to the job.

Jenkins has been given a two-year deal by the 17-man Welsh Rugby Union board. It is second time lucky for people’s choice Jenkins, after he lost out on the post to Mike Ruddock in 2004.

Jenkins, 54, is likely to assemble his own backroom staff, with Scarlets coach Nigel Davies joining him in the Wales camp as his right-hand man.

The grassroots support in Wales, both among the member clubs and with the public at large, was overwhelmingly in favour of Jenkins.

Under his stewardship, Llanelli and then in a new guise as the Llanelli Scarlets regional side have enjoyed a level of success above any of their Welsh rivals.

A five-man WRU panel narrowed down a shortlist of five to present the full Union board with a straight choice between Jenkins and Davies via a secret ballot.