Your rugby evening headlines for Wednesday, November 10.

Why Ellis Jenkins is Wales skipper

Wales boss Wayne Pivac has revealed why Ellis Jenkins will captain his side this weekend, not the more experienced Dan Biggar.

There is, of course, no Alun Wyn Jones at the moment and many of those who would be tipped to replace him – Jonathan Davies, Ken Owens and Justin Tipuric – are all absent for one reason or another.

As such, Jenkins, who captained Wales for periods last weekend against South Africa, will lead the side out.

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“Ellis is the captain, he’s a natural leader and he’s captained in the past,” said Pivac.

“When you look at the changes we’ve made, the seniority Jonathan Davies brings is missing, so Ellis was a natural go-to.

“Dan Biggar is running our game from 10 and Adam Beard is calling the lineout.

“They are probably the other two senior players that will have a lot of influence on the game.”

Bristol signing will spark Sheedy speculation

Bristol Bears have signed Sale fly-half AJ MacGinty for next season, but that will not mean a return to Wales for Callum Sheedy.

There had been uncertainty around the length of Sheedy’s current Bristol contract, with the player having to return to Wales to continue his international career when it does end unless he has won 60 caps.

But it’s emerged Sheedy, who is on the bench for Wales this weekend, actually has another couple of years left on his contract after signing yet another extension in 2020 ahead of his debut for Wales.

MacGinty has not been signed as a replacement, insisted Bristol coach Pat Lam.

“Callum still has at least a couple more seasons [on his contract] with us.” he said.

“Ioan Lloyd still has a few more seasons here as well.

“This signing is more about the club, that is the priority here. What is best for the club.

“We have got pretty high ambitions of where we want to be and having the right squad is one of the most important things.

“It is important to have competition in all places on the pitch.

“I think a lot of supporters have always said to me, ‘What about 10, what about 10?’.

“We have brought Callum right through from fourth choice at the club to an international player but with him expected to be away for the Six Nations, November Tests and international commitments, and then below Callum there is a lot of good talent but not much experience.”

Wales’ plan against Fiji

Scrum-half Kieran Hardy has vowed Wales will not be afraid to be expansive against Fiji on Sunday.

Hardy is starting this weekend against the Fijians, who are generally regarded as one of the most expansive and unpredictable teams in world rugby.

But he insists that Wales will not be shy if the chance is on to go wide.

Hardy said: “Early on, we will look to put pressure on Fiji and play territory, and obviously we have got a game-plan around the way we want to play the game and we want to be quite expansive and take opportunities when we see them.

“If there are opportunities to play, then we will do, but we have got to earn the right to play, particularly early on.

“They are quite a physical team, so we might have to play through them and particularly when they get tired, then we can expose them and take our chances.

“It will be about building ourselves into the game, but ultimately we have spoken about the performance and trying to get a result.

“We came up a bit short last weekend, and the boys are desperate to get a win.”

Kieran Hardy during Wales training

England international ‘would be fuming’ over pitch invader

New England cap Mark Atkinson says he would have been “fuming” if he had been in the Welsh team when the pitch invader ran on during the game against South Africa.

The intruder entered the field, getting in the way, just as Wales were threatening to score a try at a crucial point in the Principality Stadium showdown with the Springboks.

Gloucester centre Atkinson, who made his Test debut against Tonga last weekend, has given his thoughts on the incident while speaking with talkSPORT.

“I would have been fuming if I was part of that Welsh attack,” said the 31-year-old.

“If an idiot gets on, they are probably more likely to get themselves hurt than they are to hurt a player.

“But that may or may not have cost the Welsh the game. That’s the bit that would have infuriated me the most.

“I know he has had a lifetime ban from the stadium, but it’s hard to quantify what that means for a lot of people.”

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