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Elliott Jenkins happy to have chance with senior squad

25th October 2018, 07:41

Elliott Jenkins happy to have chance with senior squad

A lot can happen in a couple of months. Elliott Jenkins will be able to confirm that.

Although Jenkins was named in John Kear's train-on squad for the 2017 Rugby League World Cup and has always had ambitions of playing a part in the senior team, he was leading the U19s in the European Championships back in August. 

The 19-year-old, who came through the academy system at Super League club St Helens, spent the later part of the 2018 season with Rochdale in the Championship, but he wasn't able to make an apperance because of a broken jaw.

Elliot Jenkins in action during Wales' training camp

Now he is fully fit again and has been given his first call-up to a final squad by Kear, he is hoping to make an impression.

"The training camp's been really good so far," he said. "I've enjoyed every minute.

"I'm one of the younger lads in the squad and it's my first experience with the senior squad.

"There's a good mix in the squad and it's a really good enviornment to be part of.

"It's a big step up when you compare it to the U19s, but I've had that experience of being in and around a senior team with Rochdale this season.

"You're definitely a lot better for it when you're training in and amongst good players."

Wales will begin their European Championship and 2021 World Cup qualifying campaign with a trip to France this weekend.

"They've got a really strong side and have some very good players throughout," Jenkins said. 

"I had set my sights on a call-up for the senior team at the start of the season so, when I broke my jaw, I thought I'd missed out on it.

"I'm really pleased to be involved and it'd be nice to get the nod for the France game.

"If I don't, I'll carry on working hard in training and hopefully I'll get my chance at some point."

Wales' 19-man squad for the clash with France will be revealed on Friday morning.

As well as following live updates on our official social media channels, the match will be streamed live on the BBC Sport website from 5pm on Saturday. 

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