The following comes from the Bristol Bears website.

Mark Hoskins writes



Bristol Bears regret to announce that former player Bob Jenkins died in May following an 18-month battle with a brain tumour. Bob attended Monks Park School in the 1960s and made his Bristol United debut during the 1966-67 season.

He mainly played as a flanker, though he made occasional United appearances in the second row. He played five times for the United in his debut season, and a further 18 times in 1967-68, scoring five tries. At the end of this season he was awarded his Bristol United cap. Bob also played seven times for the first team in 1967-68, and he played three more first team matches in 1968-69, scoring two tries. His debut was against Old Merchant Taylors at Christmas 1967, and his first team tries were scored against Stroud in 1968 and Harlequins in 1969.

During the 1968-69 season Bob appeared 12 more times for the United, scoring another five tries, but after this he was lost to Bristol as he moved to a teaching post in London. When he first moved to the capital he joined Blackheath, but in common with several other Blackheath players he moved to the more sociable surroundings of Charlton Park, where he was a popular player in the early 1970s, usually appearing at No.8. He returned to Bristol later in his teaching career and became deputy head of Castle School in Thornbury, where he met and worked with former Bristol scrum half Alan Pearn.

All at Bristol Bears extend their sincere condolences to Bob’s family at this very sad time.


Bob passed away this morning after almost eighteen months of battling brain cancer. The funeral arrangements have not yet been announced. He died peacefully surrounded by his wife Hilary, their three children and spouses and his sister.

Bob was from Bristol and before coming to London to teach he had played a considerable number of games for Bristol in a pack led by England Captain, the late John Pullin, and alongside two other England players, Dave Rollitt and Dave Watts. He would modestly love to recount his exploits, playing against the legendary Barry John or scoring the winning try v Harlequins. When he arrived in London he spent his first few months at Blackheath RFC but wanted something more sociable, which like many others led to Charlton Park. He played for us in the early seventies as an outstanding number eight, a class player and had a fine voice, being part of out singing team that won Westcliffians Singing Competition. Bob moved back to Bristol c 1990 and we stayed in touch partly because both our sons were the same age and had gone to primary school together.

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