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'Perfect Day Revisited' Neil Jenkins
On the 11th of April 1999 Wales hosted a strong England side at Wembley while the new stadium was being built in Cardiff. England were one win away from becoming the last Grand Slam Champions of the century and the old Five Nations while Wales had struggled to find form in the Five Nations under their new coach Graham Henry. Wales had however just defeated France for the first time in Paris for 25 years in a thrilling encounter, so the stage was set for a classic. England started strongly and were three tries to the good by half time while wales kept in touch with the man of the hour, Neil Jenkins’ impeccable goal kicking. The signs were ominous however as the game went on and England had stretched their lead to six points late in the game when their Captain made the unusual decision to kick for the corner instead of pushing their lead to 9 points and securing victory. The ensuing line out was turned over and England themselves conceded a penalty to give Wales one last chance. Neil Jenkins put his side on the English 25-yard line and from the line out Scott Gibbs scored one the greatest tries ever seen in the Championship. Bursting through England’s front line defence he bounced through three more tackles diving dramatically over the line to put Wales within one point of victory. At this point legend has it that Neil Jenkins commented that Scott could have run around under the posts to make his conversion easier and Scott calmly replied “just ******* kick it”. Neil hadn’t missed a kick all day prompting Graham Henry to say "l have never seen a kicking display better than that. If the posts had been two metres apart instead of ten, Neil Jenkins would have still kicked all his points”. Neil promptly added two more and Wales had the slimmest of leads. They held on to deny England the grand slam and handing the championship to Scotland. The confidence gained from that momentous win enabled Wales to go on a winning streak of ten consecutive matches including a first ever test series win in Argentina.
This New Neil Jenkins figure shows him preparing to convert the try in his oversized shirt and mentally coaxing the ball through the post with his famous hand gesture. The Limited Edition will be titled “Perfect Day Revisited” and will bear an inscription marking the 20th anniversary of that remarkable day.
Dimensions 9.7" tall - 4.8" wide at base
Limited Edition of 999
Priced at £120 plus £6.00 P+P UK Next Day Delivery (If in stock & ordered before 2pm-Inscriptions 1-2 days extra) / Worldwide Postage £60.