Ellis Jenkins starts first Cardiff Blues game for 27 months in Ospreys friendly

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Cardiff Blues flanker Ellis Jenkins will make his long awaited return to on-field action when he starts a friendly against the Ospreys on Friday afternoon, 2.30pm kick-off.

It was the 21st October 2018 when he last played for the club in a home Heineken Champions Cup defeat at the hands of the Glasgow Warriors, before going on to tear his anterior cruciate ligament featuring for Wales against South Africa in the subsequent Autumn Internationals.

He is now back fit and ready to face the Ospreys though, in a friendly that Dai Young has used partly to get players fit and ready for a crucial run of upcoming Guinness Pro14 games, and partly to have a look at some of the fringe and young players now at his disposal.

Up front Kirby Myhill will captain the side as he returns to fitness after four months out with a hamstring injury, joined by a young prop pairing of Theo Bevacqua, who joined the club through the Welsh Exiles programme last summer, and Keiron Assiratti.

Ben Murphy and Rory Thornton form a solid second row pairing, while Gwilym Bradley and Wales U20 flanker Ioan Rhys Davies complete the back row alongside Jenkins.

At half-back Jamie Hill and Jason Tovey team up, while there is an exciting young centre partnership out of Ysgol Glantaf as Max Llewellyn and Mason Grady bring their pace and power to the Arms Park surface.

In the back three there is also a welcome return for Owen Lane, who returns to fitness after two months out with an ankle problem, with Aled Summerhill opposite him and Dan Fish lining up at full-back for his first appearance since taking on a player/academy coach role.

The bench sees Pontypridd loosehead Huw Owen, young hooker Iestyn Harris and tightheads Scott Andrews and Will Davies-King cover the front row, while two 18-year-olds cover the loose forwards as Rhys Anstey and Alex Mann act as the second and back row options, respectively.

Lewis Jones and Ellis Bevan are both selected as scrum-half cover, while Luke Scully is the fly-half option and Harri Millard and Jason Harries, potentially making his first appearance of the season after a knee injury suffered in pre-season, will cover the outside backs.

The game will be streamed live on S4C’s website, Facebook and YouTube.

Cardiff Blues: Dan Fish, Owen Lane, Mason Grady, Max Llewellyn, Aled Summerhill, Jason Tovey, Jamie Hill; Theo Bevacqua, Kirby Myhill (c), Keiron Assiratti, Ben Murphy, Rory Thornton, Gwilym Bradley, Ellis Jenkins, Ioan Rhys Davies

Replacements: Iestyn Harris, Huw Owen, Scott Andrews, Will Davies-King, Rhys Anstey, Alex Mann, Ellis Bevan, Lewis Jones, Luke Scully, Harri Millard, Jason Harries

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