Rugby World Cup 2011: Wales need no motivating, says Gethin Jenkins

Gethin Jenkins
Jenkins has played in five of Wales' six World Cup matches in New Zealand

Stand-in captain Gethin Jenkins says Wales will be fired up for Friday's World Cup bronze-medal match against Australia.

The Cardiff Blues prop is named skipper in place of suspended Sam Warburton, who was sent-off in Wales' semi-final defeat against France.

And Jenkins says the pain of last Saturday's defeat will spur on the side to achieve third place.

"I don't think the boys are going to need much motivation," Jenkins said.

Wales coach Warren Gatland has made three changes for Friday's match against the Wallabies at Auckland's Eden Park.

Prop Paul James replaces fellow Osprey Adam Jones, who has a calf injury, while Blues lock Bradley Davies starts at the expense of Alun Wyn Jones.

Toby Faletau moves to open-side flanker in place of Warburton while Ryan Jones comes in at number eight.

"After a few stern words from Warren we've really got our heads on for this game," said Jenkins.

"[It's] a new experience for all of us like Saturday's semi-final was a new experience for us.

"Any Test match is a massive game for any player and at the end of the day you are representing your country.

"I'm sure the boys won't have any worries about getting up for it.

"To get to the semis was a big achievement and after last week's disappointment we've really got to push on to try and get third."

Jenkins takes on the captaincy having been an initial doubt for the World Cup due to a calf injury which he had suffered in January.

The 30-year-old returned as a replacement in the pool match against Samoa and started in the subsequent four games.

"I'm happy to be on the field on Friday," said Jenkins.

"It's been a long road to get to the World Cup and gradually got fitter and better with every game as it's gone on.

"It's [under] a bit of controversial circumstances but it's always nice to lead the team out.

"I'm sure Sam will be with us on the day and he's been outstanding throughout the whole tournament."

Jenkins will be 34 by the time of the next World Cup in 2015 and barring injuries believes he could still feature for Wales.

But the British & Irish Lion concedes there will be changes to the squad over the next four years, with experienced stars making way for younger players.

"It does evolve I suppose," said Jenkins. "He [Gatland] is going to have to bring them through otherwise we are going to turn into an old team.

"We've got four years to prepare for the next tournament and [we're] probably going to have to identify who is going to come through and who is going to hang on.

"You always bring a couple of players in [when] people reach their sell by date.

"There's been a big clear out over the last couple of years. Shanks [Tom Shanklin] and a couple of others have gone."

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