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Rising Wales Star Dafydd Jenkins Banned From Euro Semi-final

By David Williams

Wales international Dafydd Jenkins will miss Exeter’s Heineken Champions Cup semi-final against La Rochelle after receiving a three-week ban.

The second-row forward, who has won six caps, was sent off for a dangerous tackle during Chiefs’ Gallagher Premiership victory over Bristol.

The case was heard by an independent disciplinary panel, with Jenkins ruled out of the La Rochelle clash in Bordeaux on Sunday, a Premiership encounter against London Irish on May 6 and the Champions Cup final or Wales’ opening World Cup warm-up appointment with England on August 5.

He will sit out only the La Rochelle and Irish fixtures, though, if he completes a World Rugby coaching intervention programme.

“Jenkins received a red card for dangerous tackling contrary to World Rugby Law 9.13 during the match against Bristol on April 22 2023,” the Rugby Football Union said.

“The player accepted he committed an act of foul play, but challenged that it merited a red card. However, the panel upheld the red card.”

Meanwhile, Tomi Lewis is heading back to Scarlets for next season after signing from Jersey Reds.

The 24-year-old wing has scored 11 league tries for the English Championship leaders since leaving Parc y Scarlets at the end of the 2021-22 campaign.

Lewis made two senior Scarlets appearances during his first stint.

“I’m looking forward to coming back to the Scarlets and challenging for a place in the side next season,” said Lewis.

“I’ve had a great year at Jersey, played a lot of rugby and feel I’ve developed as a player.

“I’d like to thank my team-mates, coaches and the staff at the club and hopefully, we can finish on a high by lifting the Championship title this weekend.”

Lewis is a Wales Sevens and Under-20s international.

“Tomi is a real talent, a player with genuine pace and an eye for the try line,” said Scarlets head coach Dwayne Peel.

“He has been on fire for Jersey this season and will have learnt a lot from his season in the Championship.”

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