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Wales international Elliott Jenkins has joined North Wales Crusaders on a one-month loan from Rochdale Hornets.

The halfback will come straight into contention for Crusaders’ opening home match of the season against Oldham at Queensway Stadium on Sunday.

Jenkins, who started Rochdale’s opening two Championship matches this season, made his Wales debut last autumn as the Dragons qualified for the 2021 Rugby League World Cup.

The 20-year-old had a debut to remember, scoring two tries in the 50-12 victory over Scotland, before playing a key part alongside halfback partner Josh Ralph in the win over Ireland in Wrexham.

“I have Welsh connections so it’s great to be joining North Wales Crusaders,” Jenkins said.

“I’m grateful that the club has shown an interest in signing me and want to bring me down to Wrexham.

“I’m not using this move personally. It’s important I do a good job for the club and we pick up points in the league.

“I know quite a few of the lads already, like Alex Eckley, Callum Hazzard and Dave Eccleston, and I’m looking forward to getting started.

“League 1 is a tough division and it’ll be a good experience. I hope I can show what I’m capable of.”

Crusaders head coach Anthony Murray said: “Elliott played in that vital match for Wales against Ireland and I was really impressed with him.

“I asked about him at the time and I was told that he’d signed for Rochdale ahead of this season.

“He’s a young, up-and-coming player, but he has some decent experience playing at a good level and I’m really pleased to have been able to sign him.

“He’s with us for a month initially so it’ll be really good to see what he brings.

“It’ll also give us more options as Ryan Smith is currently out injured.”

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