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Six Bears included as Wales Women face Canada

Six Bears Women have been included in the Wales squad for Sunday's clash with Canada at Cardiff Arms Park (5pm KO).

Keira Bevan forms a half-back partnership with Elinor Snowsill, while Natalia John, Alisha Butchers and captain Siwan Lillicrap are named in the pack. Megan Webb is included among the replacements.

Head Coach, Ioan Cunningham said: “Our primary focus is to keep improving. We are pleased with how we went against Japan and South Africa. However, we left a lot of scoring opportunities on the park, that is something we can’t do this weekend. When we create chances to score, we must take them.

“Canada are ranked third in the world for good reason. They have Olympic athletes in the side and World Series sevens players. They will challenge and test us and play an ‘all-court’ game – they are strong up front and put a lot of width on the ball too. We will have to apply ourselves from the off right through to final whistle.

“We are pleased with our progression so far and we are determined to finish the campaign on a high. There is healthy competition within the squad and we have rewarded good performances but it was also important for us to grow confidence and cohesion at this point in time.

“The good work is down to everyone in the squad even though some haven’t featured in the series. The standard of training has been high and that’s down to the whole group. We want to keep building and keep the momentum going on Sunday and beyond.”

Wales Women v Canada (Sunday 5pm, Cardiff Arms Park, BBC Two Wales):

15 Niamh Terry (Exeter Chiefs)
14 Lisa Neumann (Sale Sharks)
13 Hannah Jones (Gloucester-Hartpury)
12 Kerin Lake (Gloucester-Hartpury)
11 Caitlin Lewis (Exeter Chiefs)
10 Elinor Snowsill (Bristol Bears)
9 Keira Bevan (Bristol Bears)
1 Caryl Thomas (Worcester Warriors)
2 Carys Phillips (Worcester Warriors)
3 Cerys Hale (Gloucester-Hartpury)
4 Natalia John (Bristol Bears)
5 Georgia Evans (Saracens)
6 Alisha Butchers (Bristol Bears)
7 Bethan Lewis (Gloucester-Hartpury)
8 Siwan Lillicrap (Capt, Bristol Bears)

Replacements:
16 Kat Evans (Saracens)
17 Cara Hope (Gloucester-Hartpury)
18 Donna Rose (Saracens)
19 Gwen Crabb (Gloucester-Hartpury)
20 Alex Callender (Worcester Warriors)
21 Ffion Lewis (Worcester Warriors)
22 Robyn Wilkins (Gloucester-Hartpury)
23 Megan Webb (Bristol Bears)


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