Warren Gatland announced his 42-man training squad for the World Cup this year, and it has received a positive reaction from fans on Twitter.
Many are hailing this as one of the strongest and deepest Welsh squads in a long time, as Gatland hopes to improve on his Grand Slam success with a World Cup win in Japan later this year.
While this is a strong squad, there are some omissions that have raised a few eyebrows., notably the absence of Ellis Jenkins and Thomas Young. However, Gatland has emphasized that the two flankers are only omitted because of their injuries that they are currently suffering, and that they may still get their chance to prove themselves.
In light of these statements made by Gatland, many Welsh fans feel that Jenkins deserves a place on the plane to Japan, and while he has been out the entirety of 2019 so far, he still merits a place.
Jenkins sustained an ACL injury in late November in the test win against South Africa, which required surgery. While these injuries take a long time to heal, there may be a window of opportunity for him before the World Cup.
This is what the fans have been saying:
And still the like of Ellis Jenkins who could be a late bolter if he can show he’s fit.
Best 7 Wales have and can cover 6&8.
— Tony (@Bigt8409) May 1, 2019
Delighted @owen_lane is in the @WelshRugbyUnion World Cup training squad, been immense for the Blues all season and deserves it. Surprised not to see @Krisdacey2 @JoshTurn6ull in there though and hopefully @EllisJenkins_ can get fit to be in with a shout as well @cardiff_blues
— DevonshireDecorating (@Dev_Decorating) April 30, 2019
Ellis Jenkins has to go to the World Cup.
We're talking about a guy who is world XV quality. He's like a Warburton/Tipuric hybrid. Disgustingly good rugby player.
— Edward Jenkins (@edjenx) April 30, 2019
AWJ, Ken, Francis, Jon Davies and Liam are the ones who need to be managed carefully though.
— Lee Hughes (@LeeHughes2) April 30, 2019
— RobsRawMusic (@RobHurley1827) April 30, 2019
I'd feel a lot better if Ellis Jenkins was in it. He can turn a very good side into an excellent one even if he hasn't played for 6 months. I reckon he'll be raring to go come October ?
— Rhys Knott (@buck_mitchell) April 30, 2019
Hopefully Ellis Jenkins recovers in time. Was on fire before his injury
— Craig Price (@CraigPrice1) April 30, 2019
Will bring him in once fit
— Liam Mackay #SOHK (@caerau10) April 30, 2019
The 26-year-old Jenkins is a hugely admired player in Wales, and many felt that he would hold the number six shirt for a long time when he was awarded it to play against the Springboks in November. However, this devastating injury to the Cardiff Blue has allowed other players to stake a claim for a World Cup place, and the Grand Slam would have only helped their cause.
However, many feel that if Jenkins can replicate the form he showed for the Blues before his injury, he must be picked for Wales. He will face a race for time to be fit for the warm-up tests against England and Ireland, but he seems to be many fans’ wildcard for Japan.
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