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World Cup Watch: Five Bears to feature for Wales in quarter-finals

Jasmine Joyce, Ellinor Snowsill and Keira Bevan start for Wales, whilst Gwenllian Pyrs and Megan Webb have been named on the bench ahead of Saturday’s clash against New Zealand.

Bevan is handed her first start of the tournament at scrum-half, whilst Joyce moves to full-back and Snowsill remains at fly-half.

Gwenllian Pyrs is set to make her first appearance of the championship from the bench alongside fellow Bears Webb.

The quarter-final takes place in Whangarei on Saturday, October 29th (7:30am UK time).

Head coach, Ioan Cunnigham, said:  “It’s a hugely exciting week for us all, the girls have done extremely well to get to this point and we should all be proud of that. We have a tough task on Saturday facing the Black Ferns on their home patch. They are in good form, scoring a lot of points and playing well.

“However, we have nothing to lose, we intend to go out and leave everything on the field.
“We had some set piece dominance in our Pool game against them but we also created quite a few chances, many of which we didn’t convert.

“Keira has made a positive impact coming off the bench so deserves to start at scrum-half while Ffion has a different role this week. Lleucu’s attitude has been excellent and she deserves to get a chance. She’s got a good passing game too.

“It’s good to see Gwenllian Pyrs in the matchday 23 too, having returned to fitness and form in time for the quarter-final.”

Wales team v New Zealand, Rugby World Cup quarter-final (Saturday, October 29th, 7.30pm). Watch live on ITV from 7.15am UK time:

15 Jasmine Joyce
14 Lowri Norkett
13 Carys Williams-Morris
12 Hannah Jones (capt)
11. Lisa Neumann
10 Elinor Snowsill
9 Keira Bevan
1 Cara Hope
2 Carys Phillips
3 Donna Rose
4 Natalia John
5 Gwen Crabb
6 Bethan Lewis
7 Alex Callender 
8 Sioned Harries

Replacements:
16 Kelsey Jones
17 Gwenllian Pyrs
18 Sisilia Tuipulotu
19 Georgia Evans 
20 Siwan Lillicrap
21 Ffion Lewis
22 Lleucu George 
23 Megan Webb

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