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Ellis Jenkins is the latest player to fall victim to the infamous 'judo roll'

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Welsh flanker Ellis Jenkins has become the latest unfortunate player to fall victim to the ‘judo roll’ and is expected to be out for up to nine months.

The kind of manoeuvre has many names. It has been called the judo roll, the body roll and the crocodile roll and is something that has been given constant attention over the last few years.

Supporters, players and coaches alike have constantly called for more to be done to stop injuries like this from occurring again.

Jenkins put in a man-of-the-match-worthy performance in Wales’ 20-11 victory over South Africa before receiving the knee ligament damaging injury. He was given oxygen almost instantly and was carried off on a stretcher at the sound of the final whistle - highlighting the severity of his injury.

Footage of the tackle has emerged since the match and confirms it was the croc roll which caused Jenkins' knee to bend unnaturally.

The move has undoubtedly had its critics, and for good reason. Essentially, the tackle is where attacking player grabs a jackaler and rolls him away from the ruck in dangerous fashion. It is not considered illegal, however, providing the player binds around the waist when rolling.

Sevens coach Ben Ryan, who won Olympic Gold with Fiji and worked with the WRU is a very outspoken critic of the tactic and believes that the clear-out breaks two laws - collapsing the ruck and going off your feet.

Ryan took to social media after the match to again criticise the threatening nature of the challenge once again.

The likes of Martyn Williams Will Greenwood and Ian Gough also took to Twitter to express their sympathy for Jenkins and reproach of the tackle.

On the injury, Warren Gatland said. "It's not brilliant and he's obviously very disappointed. I thought his performance was outstanding and he deserved man-of-the-match.

"You have to really feel for him. Hopefully it's not too bad, we can rehab him and get him on the field as soon as we possibly can.

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"When anyone gets injured it's the hardest thing to take because it's a big year for a lot of players.

"He was a co-captain on the summer tour and, when you see a player who has put in a lot of effort to get in the team and be part of the 23 in big matches, you do really feel for them."

It is an untimely blow too; the 25-year-old now expected to miss the Six Nations next year and with the World Cup just around the corner faces a tough battle.

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