Kayleigh Powell

Wales Women team announced

Wales Women head coach Ioan Cunningham has made five changes and two positional ahead of their TikTok Women’s Six Nations Round 4 match against France on Friday night (8pm, Cardiff Arms Park).

Keira Bevan and Elinor Snowsill return as the halfback partnership with Ospreys in the Community's Kayleigh Powell retaining her place at fullback.

Up front, the Ospreys second row partnership of Gwen Crabb and Natalia John return with Carys Phillips lining up at hooker and Siwan Lillicrap at number 8 and skipper. Off the bench, Cara Hope, Kerin Lake and Niamh Terry complete the Ospreys contingent in the matchday 23. 

Cunningham said, “We took a lot of learnings from the England Test. We’ve had a good two weeks' build-up to this game and we’re excited to kick on. One of the learnings was how we dealt with the occasion at Kingsholm and we are looking forward to returning home to Cardiff Arms Park. A big home crowd on Friday night will give the players a real boost, hopefully we can start well and put in a good performance.


“France are one of the top three teams in the world, they have powerful runners and attacking options all over the pitch that will certainly test us. We need to be ready to take all our own attacking opportunities and our selection behind the scrum reflects that. We have looked at combinations that will hopefully give us some additional attacking options and help get the ball to our outside backs.


“In the forwards, Cerys Hale did well when she came on against England and Beth (Lewis) deserves a chance to start having trained very well and made an impact when she’s come on. Natalia (John) has been a key player all season. Alex Callender and Sioned Harries will have different roles this week and Sisilia misses out this time but we are very much excited by her progress including her performance against England.”


Wales team v France (Friday 8pm, Cardiff Arms Park):

15 Kayleigh Powell

14 Lisa Neumann

13 Hannah Jones

12 Robyn Wilkins

11 Jasmine Joyce

10 Elinor Snowsill

9 Keira Bevan

1 Gwenllian Pyrs

2 Carys Phillips

3 Cerys Hale

4 Natalia John

5 Gwen Crabb

6 Alisha Butchers

7 Bethan Lewis

8 Siwan Lillicrap (capt)


16 Kelsey Jones

17 Cara Hope

18 Donna Rose

19 Alex Callender

20 Sioned Harries

21 Ffion Lewis

22 Kerin Lake

23 Niamh Terry


Tickets for Wales' home games against France on Friday (8pm) and Italy (Sat 30 April 12noon) available now via wru.wales/w6n