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Last Updated: Thursday, 6 April 2006, 07:08 GMT 08:08 UK
Jenkins gets JJ's vote for Wales
Llanelli Scarlets director of rugby Gareth Jenkins
Gareth Jenkins has no rivals for the Wales job, says JJ Williams
Wales great JJ Williams says Gareth Jenkins is the only worthy candidate to become the next national coach.

"It's got to be Gareth Jenkins. Can you tell me anyone else? I thought he should have had it last time," he said.

"We've had almost 10 years of foreigners and where are we? We've won one Grand Slam. Is that acceptable?"

Williams also attacked the politics of the Welsh Rugby Union, saying the top brass should be ashamed of the events leading to Mike Ruddock's exit.

Ruddock quit citing family reasons midway through the defence of the Six Nations title this season, but a BBC Wales investigation has revealed that that contractual differences played a greater part in his departure.

I am totally disappointed in the way our game has been handled by the officers in charge
JJ Williams

The controversy has led 12 member clubs to demand an extraordinary general meeting of the Union's 245 member clubs, and the WRU's board will meet on Thursday to discuss the situation.

The entire WRU management structure, including the directors, could be voted out of office.

Jenkins has emerged as the public's favourite to lead Wales to next year's World Cup, but the Llanelli Scarlets director of rugby said on Tuesday he had still not decided if he would apply for the post.

He has called for changes to be made at the top level of the WRU, and those have become a step closer following the imminent EGM.

And Williams added: "Those at the top will have to look at themselves and ask why he (Jenkins) doesn't want them.

"I've been viewing rugby from afar and you glance across to Wales and see the politics and it's so disappointing.

"We are shooting ourselves in the foot permanently and we should be moving on. I am totally disappointed in the way our game has been handled by the officers in charge.

"It's not just the committee (board of directors) but the coaches, the players and everyone we are handing this game over to. They should be totally ashamed of themselves.

There is undoubtedly a lot of support for Gareth
WRU chairman David Pickering

"I thought, after the Grand Slam last year, that we were moving forward. We can do without this. We need to put this to bed."

New Zealanders Robbie Deans, John Mitchell and John Kirwan have revealed they will not be applying to become the next Wales coach.

But WRU chairman David Pickering said the position has attracted "great interest" with "some good people coming through".

"There is undoubtedly a lot of support for Gareth," Pickering added. "There was a survey taken in one of the papers which said he had 35% (support). We fully understand and respect that.

"He is a coach who has been with the British Lions and brought great success to the Llanelli Scarlets, but we are going through a professional process now and that's what we will do."




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