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Wales women look to bounce back against Ireland


WALES women make a single change for their trip to Ireland in the Six Nations on Sunday.

Lisa Neumann will make her first start for Wales slotting in at full-back, while Robyn Wilkins is dropped to the bench.

Wales coach Rowland Phillips said: “Lisa has been pushing hard for a place in the starting team and she deserves her opportunity this Sunday.

“We have a lot of talented back-three players in the squad, so we think Lisa will slot in well alongside Hannah Bluck and Jess Kavanagh-Williams – two players who pose threats from the wing.”

The change comes after Wales suffered a heavy defeat at the hands of the current holders England in their second match of the tournament.

Phillips will be looking for his side to bounce back after their 52-0 defeat, he said: “We need to show that we’re improving in the areas that we’ve been working on this year.

“This will be a game between two very evenly-matched teams, and coming off the back of the last match we’re very keen to give a good account of ourselves.”

The last time the two sides faced each other Ireland ran away winners in the Six Nations warm-up in Ystrad Mynach earlier this year.

Speaking about facing Ireland on Sunday Phillips said: “They’ve got a lot of new personnel across the board, but the team is settled and experienced. It’s up for us to show what we’re about as a team. We’ll certainly be prepared for a hugely competitive match in front of a boisterous Irish crowd this Sunday.”

Wales women face Ireland 3pm on Sunday at Donnybrook.

Wales Team News

15 Lisa Neumann (Scarlets)

14 Hannah Bluck (Cardiff Blues)

13 Kerin Lake (Ospreys)

12 Rebecca De Filippo (Dragons)

11 Jess Kavanagh-Williams (RGC)

10 Elinor Snowsill (Dragons)

9 Rhiannon Parker (Cardiff Blues)

1 Caryl Thomas (Scarlets)

2 Carys Phillips (c) (Ospreys)

3 Amy Evans (Ospreys)

4 Siwan Lillicrap (Ospreys)

5 Mel Clay (Ospreys)

6 Alisha Butchers (Scarlets)

7 Beth Lewis (Scarlets)

8 Sioned Harries (Scarlets)


16 Kelsey Jones (Ospreys)

17 Cara Hope (Ospreys)

18 Meg York (Dragons)

19 Natalia John (Ospreys)

20 Nia Elen Davies (Scarlets)

21 Jade Knight (Scarlets)

22 Robyn Wilkins (Ospreys)

23 Hannah Jones (Scarlets)


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