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Quartet included in Wales squad to take on France

Bristol Bears Women will have four players in action for Wales this weekend as they take on France at the Cardiff Arms Park on Sunday (12pm).

Keira Bevan retains her place at scrum-half and will continue her partnership with skipper, Siwan Lillicrap who will start at number eight. 

Such is the strength in depth in the Welsh back-row, Manon Johnes is named amongst the replacements alongside, Lauren Smyth, who earns a place in the matchday 23 after scoring in the round two defeat to Ireland. 

 

Siwan Lillicrap has gone from strength to strength since taking over the Welsh captaincy (JMPUK).

Coach, Geraint Lewis, said: “As we stated during the autumn internationals, our aims are to build depth in our squad 18 months out from the next Rugby World Cup.

“Sunday’s game is a fantastic opportunity to play against quality opposition at our home.

“A number of our players are in the infancy of their international careers and opportunities like this are invaluable ahead of the RWC. It’s a big challenge but one we feel they are capable of and deserve. I’m sure they’ll relish the occasion.

Wales squad in full:

15. Kayleigh Powell, 14. Caitlin Lewis, 13. Megan Webb, 12. Kerin Lake, 11. Lisa Neumann, 10. Robyn Wilkins, 9. Keira Bevan; 1. Gwenllian Pyrs, 2. Kelsey Jones, 3. Cerys Hale, 4. Georgia Evans, 5. Gwen Crabb, 6. Alisha Butchers, 7. Bethan Lewis, 8. Siwan Lillicrap (C)

Replacements: 16. Molly Kelly, 17. Cara Hope, 18. Ruth Lewis, 19. Robyn Lock, 20. Manon Johnes, 21. Ffion Lewis, 22. Courtney Keight, 23. Lauren Smyth