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Thomas and Snowsill to start for Wales against Ireland

Rowland Phillips has named Elinor Snowsill at fly-half as one of two changes to the starting XV as Wales Women welcome Ireland Women to there Cardiff Arms Park on Sunday. 

Caryl Thomas has started every round of the Six Nations for Wales and continues to do so as the hosts go in search of their second victory in this year’s tournament. 

Rowland Phillips said: “We want to capitalise on the confidence we’ve gained from the win over Scotland.

“We’ve shown a huge amount of character throughout this tournament – to hold Italy out at the end of that game and to come back from behind to win in Scotland showed remarkable attitude – and skill for such a young side.

“Despite that, I don’t feel we have shown how good a side we are and we’d like to do that on Sunday.

“Ireland are in a similar place as us. They played well against France last weekend. They have a strong back row and players who can make a difference. We certainly won’t be under-estimating them.

Wales Women squad in full to face Ireland Women on Sunday, March 17th at the Cardiff Arms Park:

15. Lauren Smyth, 14. Jasmine Joyce, 13. Hannah Jones, 12. Lleucu George, 11. Jess Kavanagh, 10. Elinor Snowsill, 9. Keira Bevan;  1. Caryl Thomas, 2. Carys Phillips (C), 3. Amy Evans, 4. Gwen Crabb, 5. Mel Clay, 6. Alisha Butchers, 7. Bethan Lewis, 8. Siwan Lillicrap

Replacements: 16. Kelsey Jones, 17. Cara Hope, 18. Cerys Hale, 19. Alex Callender, 20. Manon Johnes, 21. Ffion Lewis, 22. Robyn Wilkins, 23. Lisa Neumann