Former Wales hooker Garin Jenkins has revealed how his tearaway days were ended by placing his faith in
Jenkins, who played at three Rugby World Cups during an eleven year stint as Wales first-choice number two, admits he was not always the best role model growing up. But discovering his Christian faith was transformational.
He said: “I rebelled for a time in my teen years and I ended up going to a private school where you didn’t go home at night.
“I worked on a farm. You could call it a home for naughty boys. How did I get there?
“Well, I didn’t break into anything or thieve. I just wouldn’t go to school and I got involved in a bit of solvent abuse. If there was any action, I was there. I was not a fighter; I just wanted to fit in.
“At the age of 13 I decided I was going to France to pick grapes. I decided to go with a couple of lads who were about five years older than I was.
“One was on the run from the army, while the other lad is no longer with us. I didn’t realise you had to
have a passport.
“So I put my parents through a tough time for a couple of years, but I always prayed as a young boy. When I was in trouble, I prayed for my family.
“I can remember as a 13-year-old crying and praying in desperation after ending up in a place where I didn’t want to be.”