Scarlets duo recalled for Wales Women Clash With France

Scarlets duo recalled for Wales Women Clash With France

Wales Women head coach Rowland Philips has selected a strong side for the Women's Six Nations opener in Montpellier on Saturday night (8pm GMT).

"We made such huge progress during the autumn - especially against Canada in our final game - that it was important to continue to build on the momentum we created."


There are two changes and two positional for Saturday's clash from that previous Wales Test. Scarlets pair Hannah Jones and Alisha Butchers return to the side, Jones will partner Alicia McComish in the centre while Butchers returns from injury to start on the blindside flank.



There is a reshuffle in the back row with Beth Lewis starting at No 8 in place of injured Sioned Harries and Manon Johnes starting on the openside. Uncapped Scarlets flanker Alex Callender could make her Wales debut if she comes off the bench on Saturday.

"Physicality will be key against France on Saturday," added Phillips. "That is their strength and they will come out flying. That is an area we have been working on. We've prepared for it and now we need to keep our focus from minutes one to 80. Not only do we need to stand up to the physical challenge France will bring but we need to impose our own tempo on the game too.


"Playing France away from home is the only place you'll experience such a cauldron in terms of the huge crowd and welcome and that's something the players must embrace and feed off. France are the envy of the women's rugby world at the moment and our players will certainly gain from the experience."


Wales Women v France. 


Story via: Welsh Rugby

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