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Thursday, 21 November, 2002, 18:16 GMT
Hansen urges Jenkins to continue
Steve Hansen believes Neil Jenkins still has a future in his Wales set-up
Hansen will not show Neil Jenkins the door
Wales v New Zealand | Millennium Stadium, Cardiff | Saturday 23 November | Kick-off 1430 GMT

Live on BBC1, BBC Radio Wales and Radio Cymru, and Cymru'r Byd and BBC Sport Online.


Stephen Jones is playing better and Iestyn Harris gives us a few more options from the bench
Steve Hansen
Wales coach Steve Hansen has insisted that veteran fly-half Neil Jenkins has an international future, despite his omission from the squad to face New Zealand.

The 30-year-old world-record points scorer won his 81st cap against Romania earlier this month, but has since been displaced by Stephen Jones and Iestyn Harris.

"Neil knows exactly where he stands," said Hansen, "he has been performing very well this autumn and we were reasonably happy with the way he played against Romania.

Neil Jenkins
Jenkins won his 81st cap against Romania
"But Stephen Jones is playing better and Iestyn Harris gives us a few more options from the bench.

"You have to remember Neil has only played six or seven times since hurting his knee and if we are going to continue to use him then we need to look after him and bring him back when is absolutely right physically and mentally.

"I cannot control what Neil does but I hope he does not retire. He is still of great value to us as long as he has the desire and passion to play for Wales. The way he trains it looks like he does."

Jenkins told BBC Wales earlier this week that he intended to fight to win his place back for the Six Nations and World Cup.

Wales play four Tests against Romania, Fiji, Canada and New Zealand

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