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Jenkins to undergo surgery on 'significant' knee injury

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Wales flanker Ellis Jenkins will require surgery after being hurt during the dying seconds of last Saturday's victory over South Africa.

Jenkins' regional team Cardiff Blues confirmed that he suffered "a significant knee injury" as Wales beat the Springboks 20-11 in Cardiff.

In a statement, the Blues said: "Cardiff Blues can confirm Ellis Jenkins sustained a significant knee injury during Wales' autumn victory over South Africa, which will require surgical intervention.

"Further specialist reviews are needed to establish an accurate prognosis following surgery.

"Cardiff Blues and WRU (Welsh Rugby Union) have and will continue to work closely to manage Ellis's care optimally.

"No further comments will be made at this stage."

No timescale has so far been put on the 25-year-old's recovery, but it would appear that Jenkins is facing a lengthy lay-off.

Such an absence would potentially rule him out of the Six Nations and possibly the rest of this season, although it is just under nine months until Wales' opening World Cup warm-up game against England, while their first World Cup fixture is against Georgia on September 23.

Jenkins, who has won 11 caps and skippered Wales to victory over the Springboks earlier this year, received a late call-up off the bench to start after Dan Lydiate withdrew through injury.

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Halfpenny to miss Wales' meeting with South Africa

Leigh Halfpenny has been ruled out of Wales' Under Armour Series finale against South Africa in Cardiff on Saturday. Credit: PA

Leigh Halfpenny has been ruled out of Wales' Under Armour Series finale against South Africa in Cardiff on Saturday.

The goalkicking full-back suffered concussion following a challenge by Australia centre Samu Kerevi when Wales beat the Wallabies 10 days ago.

Kerevi escaped sanction following the incident, but Wales have now lost 80 times-capped Halfpenny for the Springboks fixture.

"Leigh is out," Wales assistant coach Rob Howley told reporters at Wales' training base on Tuesday.

"He did some training on Saturday morning, and he was still feeling a little bit light-headed.

"It is just a commonsense approach, really. A player's welfare comes first. He unfortunately misses out this weekend."

Wales call up Man City's Matondo for Albania friendly

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Wales have called up exciting Manchester City teenager Rabbi Matondo for their friendly in Albania.

The 18-year-old has won six caps at under-21 level, but this is the first time the forward has been part of the senior squad.

Matondo has been a regular goalscorer for City's Under-23 side this season, and lays claim to being even faster than first-team stars such as Leroy Sane, Raheem Sterling and Kyle Walker.

"We did fitness tests and obviously we had to do 20-metre sprints and other things as well," Matondo said in an October interview with WalesOnline.

"It turned out my time was the fastest in the academy, and it later came out that it was the fastest in the whole club.

"I'm not too sure about that personally, but that's what they said, and as you know there's some really fast players at Manchester City."

Liverpool-born Matondo is qualified to represent England and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, where his father Dada is from and where he played football for several clubs.

Although playing in Albania will not commit Matondo to Wales as it is not a competitive fixture, he has said that he sees his international future with Ryan Giggs' side.

"I'm really happy and honoured to say that I'm Welsh," said Matondo, a former pupil of Llanishen High School in Cardiff.

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