Kayleigh Powell

Wales team to face England

Wales head coach Ioan Cunningham has made five changes and one positional to the side that secured victories in the opening two rounds of the TikTok Women’s Six Nations.

Ospreys in the Community's Kayleigh Powell runs out for the third time this tournament at fullback, lining up alongside regional teammate Kerin Lake in the back line. Ospreys Siwan Lillicrap switches to the blindside flank joined by Gwen Crabb and Carys Phillips in the pack. Cara Hope, Keira Bevan, Elinor Snowsill and Natalia John all provide the cover off the bench. 

Cunningham said, “These players are all deserving of their places, whether they are starting or on the bench. Every player has a key role to play, as we saw against Ireland and Scotland.

“We are excited by this big challenge against the No 1 team in the world. On average, they are scoring about eight tries a match so we are in no doubt about the extent of the task. However, we want to compete with the best teams in the world so this is a great opportunity for us to test ourselves and progress.

“We are proud of the way we came back to win both our first two games but we must start better and get our penalty count down. They are two of our work-ons plus we need to convert any scoring opportunities.

“The players train and play with and against the England players week-in, week-out so while we respect the side, there is familiarity, not fear.

“We are looking forward to playing at Gloucester. Ten of our matchday squad are Gloucester-Hartpury players and it will be fantastic to play in front of a huge crowd there which will hopefully include some Welsh voices too.”

Wales team v England
Kingsholm, Saturday 9 April 16.45, BBC 2 Wales

15 Kayleigh Powell (Bristol Bears)
14 Lisa Neumann (Gloucester-Hartpury)
13 Hannah Jones (Gloucester-Hartpury)
12 Kerin Lake (Gloucester-Hartpury)
11 Jasmine Joyce (Bristol Bears)
10 Robyn Wilkins (Gloucester-Hartpury)
9 Ffion Lewis (Worcester Warriors)
1 Gwenllian Pyrs (Sale Sharks)
2 Carys Phillips (Worcester Warriors)
3 Donna Rose (Saracens)
4 Sisilia Tuipulotu (Gloucester-Hartpury)
5 Gwen Crabb (Gloucester-Hartpury)
6 Siwan Lillicrap (capt, Bristol Bears)
7 Alisha Butchers (Bristol Bears)
8 Sioned Harries (Worcester Warriors)
16 Kelsey Jones (Gloucester-Hartpury)
17 Cara Hope (Gloucester-Hartpury)
18 Cerys Hale (Gloucester-Hartpury)
19 Alex Callender (Worcester Warriors)
20 Bethan Lewis (Gloucester-Hartpury)
21 Keira Bevan (Bristol Bears)
22 Elinor Snowsill (Bristol Bears)
23 Natalia John (Bristol Bears)