ellis jenkins

Was rugby always your top sport?

I played football until I went to comprehensive school, but it was a bit soft for my liking!

Is openside your favourite position?

Yes. I get more into the game at openside, make more tackles and win more turnovers.

Who’s had the biggest influence on you?

Dale McIntosh. I started working with him when I was 15 and I still do now. He coached me through Cardiff Blues’ age grades and with Wales U18.

You’ve had plenty of game time with Cardiff RFC this season – have you learned a lot?

It has been really great. All I want to do is play.

Who were your boyhood rugby heroes?

Martyn Williams lives locally to me so he was a big hero of mine. Michael Owen too – I admire him because he is really skilful and he was my Wales U18 coach. Neil Jenkins is my cousin and we always have a chat when we see each other.

Do you enjoy being captain of Wales U20?

It’s a big honour to be asked to lead your country. I captained the U18s two years ago too.

What is your next aim?

I hope to get a bit of game time for the Blues before the end of this season and even more next season.

You go out with the singer, Sophie Evans…

We have been together about a year and I can see her more often now she’s back from London.

RW Verdict: This Blues product has starred for the Wales age groups and is working hard to earn his regional colours.

This was published in the April 2013 issue of Rugby World. Click here to see what’s in the current edition.