Ellis Jenkins Confirmed As Captain Of Cardiff Blues For 2018-19 Season
Wales flanker Ellis Jenkins has been handed the Cardiff Blues captaincy for the upcoming season.
The 25-year-old made his debut for the team in 2011 and skippered the team that beat Gloucester to win the European Challenge Cup last season, as well as recently co-leading Wales on their unbeaten summer tour to Argentina.
Jenkins said: “It’s an honour to become club captain but my role within the squad doesn’t change too much.
“I have captained the Blues a lot over the last couple of years when boys have been on Wales duty or injured.”
The flanker, who rose through the Blues academy and has now made 97 senior appearances for the club, takes over from stalwart Gethin Jenkins.
“Ellis is one of the outstanding leaders within our group,” Blues head coach John Mulvihill said.
“He leads by example on and off the pitch and that has earned the trust and respect of the entire squad.”
Jenkins started his international career by captaining the Wales Under-20 side, leading them to third place at the 2012 Junior World Cup, becoming the first team to beat New Zealand at this level, and going a step further to finish runners-up in 2013.
His impressive form over the past couple of years was rewarded by Gatland who chose the flanker to lead the squad during their 2018 summer tour, alongside Cory Hill. He was captain during a memorable victory over South Africa in Washington, before rounding off the tour with a strong performance against the Pumas in Argentina to clinch the series.