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Six Bears named in Wales Women squad to face South Africa

Six Bears Women players have been in named in the Wales squad to face South Africa on Saturday at Cardiff Arms Park (KO 12.15pm).

Siwan Lillicrap continues as captain and is joined in the pack by Alisha Butchers and Natalia John.

Elinor Snowsill is named at fly-half, while Keira Bevan and Meg Webb are among the replacements, as head coach Ioan Cunningham makes seven changes to the starting line-up.

“It was important to reward players who made an impact off the bench last weekend with a chance to start this game," said Cunningham.

“We have also considered the short turnaround between playing on Sunday evening and Saturday lunchtime, given we have another Test against Canada next weekend.

“Jaz Joyce is away on GB Sevens duties as they prepare for the Dubai Sevens but that gives Niamh Terry an opportunity to start after performing well in training and against the Black Ferns.

“The same goes for the other players coming in. Our preparation for the Rugby World Cup is about the whole squad, there is good competition in our group and I’m confident these players are the right ones for the different challenges South Africa will pose, especially in the physical battle.

“We were pleased with the performance and win against Japan but it’s important to back that up this week, that is what we have been working on. We need to adjust to a different style of play from our opposition but also put our own stamp on the game, as we did last weekend. We can’t let our guard down.”

Tickets for the game are available via www.wru.wales/waleswomen

Wales Women v South Africa (Saturday 13 November 12.15pm, Cardiff Arms Park):

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 Ffion Lewis (Worcester Warriors);
1 Gwenllian Pyrs (Sale Sharks)
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 Caryl Thomas (Worcester Warriors)
18 Donna Rose (Saracens)
19 Gwen Crabb (Gloucester-Hartpury)
20 Alex Callender (Worcester Warriors)
21 Keira Bevan (Bristol Bears)
22 Robyn Wilkins (Gloucester-Hartpury)
23 Megan Webb (Bristol Bears)


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