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Ellis Jenkins will play in his first Welsh event in three years against world champions South Africa

Ellis Jenkins will play in his first Welsh event in three years against world champion South Africa this weekend in place of the injured Ross Moriarty, while Dan Biggar and Louis Rees-Zammit will also start.

  • Ellis Jenkins has been called up to Wales for Saturday’s test with South Africa
  • The number 6 is named in the last row alongside Aaron Wainwright and Taine Basham
  • Ross Moriarty is ready to join Alun Wyn Jones on the injury chart for months
  • Dan Biggar and Louis Rees-Zammit will also start against the world champions


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Ellis Jenkins will play his first Test for Wales in three years, facing the same opposition against which he seriously injured his knee in 2018, as Dan Biggar and Louis Rees-Zammit also start against South Africa.

28-year-old Flanker Jenkins severely damaged several knee ligaments against the Springboks in the last leg of a man of the game and will return behind Wales 1,079 days later.

He is in place of the injured Ross Moriarty, who is out for months as captain Alun Wyn Jones after sustaining a shoulder injury. Jenkins will start wearing No. 6 with back row shots Aaron Wainwright at No. 8 and Taine Basham will continue on the open side.

Ellis Jenkins (center) will play in his first Welsh Test in three years against South Africa

Ellis Jenkins (center) will play in his first Welsh Test in three years against South Africa

Dan Biggar (second right) and Louis Rees-Zammit (far right) will also start on Saturday in Wales.

Dan Biggar (second right) and Louis Rees-Zammit (far right) will also start on Saturday in Wales.

Dan Biggar (second right) and Louis Rees-Zammit (far right) will also start on Saturday in Wales.

Replacing patron Jones is Will Rowlands, one of six changes to Wayne Pivac’s starting XV that was thrashed 54-16 against New Zealand last week.

Biggar starts high, with Rees-Zammit at wing and Nick Tompkins preferred Johnny Williams at center; the English trio who returned from exile missed the All Blacks test outside the window.

Up front Rhys Carré plays in place of Wyn Jones while Gareth Anscombe moves to the bench to take out Rhys Priestland.

Liam Williams, recovered from surgery to remove his appendix last month, is fit to be a substitute, but Ken Owens has failed to do so after injuring his back last week.

Wayne Pivac called the Principality Stadium crash a 'great test match' on Saturday

Wayne Pivac called the Principality Stadium crash a 'great test match' on Saturday

Wayne Pivac called the Principality Stadium crash a ‘great test match’ on Saturday

It means standout Bradley Roberts, as well as mainstay WillGriff John, could make their debut against world champions who haven’t won in Cardiff since 2013.

“The arrival of South Africa in the city, as world champion, offers a different challenge to New Zealand. They have a huge attack package, they are large throughout the park and they bring a great aerial threat, so it will be a different challenge, ” said Pivac.

‘It’s a great test match and we have to get what we think is the best team. We hope to have this team over the weekend and it will be very interesting to see how we do.

“ Now a lot of experience has gone from the group and with what is coming in terms of the South African package, with their experience, it will be a huge challenge for our guys and it will be interesting to see who advances.

“The field position in this game is going to be huge, with the scrum coming and the starting line, so we have to make sure that we are smart in the way we play the game.”

Wales will face South Africa – Saturday 6 November 2021

15 Johnny McNicholl (Scarlets), 14 Louis Rees-Zammit (Gloucester Rugby), 13 Jonathan Davies (Scarlets – Captain), 12 Nick Tompkins (Saracens), 11 Josh Adams (Cardiff Rugby), 10 Dan Biggar (Northampton Saints), 9 Tomos Williams (Cardiff Rugby); 1 Rhys Carré (Cardiff Rugby), 2 Ryan Elias (Scarlets), 3 Tomas Francis (Ospreys), 4 Will Rowlands (Dragons), 5 Adam Beard (Ospreys), 6 Ellis Jenkins (Cardiff Rugby), 7 Taine Basham ( Dragons), 8 Aaron Wainwright (Dragons)

Replacements:

16 Bradley Roberts (Ulster – no cap), 17 Wyn Jones (Scarlets), 18 WillGriff John (Scarlets – no cap), 19 Ben Carter (Dragons), 20 Seb Davies (Cardiff Rugby), 21 Gareth Davies (Scarlets), 22 Gareth Anscombe (Ospreys), 23 Liam Williams (Scarlets)

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