Cardiff tie up Jenkins deal

Cardiff Blues back row Ellis Jenkins has committed his future to the region by signing a long-term contract.

The 20-year-old's decision will be welcomed by the Welsh Rugby Union, who expressed concerns over the continuing exodus of home-grown stars in the wake of Leigh Halfpenny and Jonathan Davies agreeing moves to France.

Cardiff Blues director of rugby Phil Davies said: "At Cardiff Blues we have some of the brightest young back row players in Welsh rugby, so the news that Ellis has agreed a new contract is absolutely fantastic.

"Ellis is the former Under-20 captain for Wales and a very mature and intelligent young player, especially at the breakdown where he makes good decisions.

"He is a big talent and someone who will only get better. Ellis wants to develop as a number seven and also has the ability to play six. We are lucky to have the likes of him, Josh Navidi and Rory Watts-Jones in that position.

"We're pleased that we've retained his services because he would have undoubtedly attracted the attention of other clubs. But he wants to remain a Blues player and help this region get even stronger."

Jenkins added: "I've been at the Blues since I was 14 and grown up with many of my current team-mates.

"To captain the Blues last week was a huge honour and now I want to establish myself as a regional player.

"I've been involved the last few months and I'm hoping next season I can really kick on."