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Rhys Edwards rings changes for Wales Women against Scotland

 

Rhys Edwards rings changes for Wales Women against Scotland

Wales Women’s head coach Rhys Edwards has been forced to reshuffle his side for Saturday’s Six Nations visit of Scotland.

Captain Rachel Taylor is ruled out after suffering a rib injury in the opening game against Ireland while centre Kerin Lake suffered concussion.

Hooker Carys Phillips will take over the captaincy following last weekend’s 21-3 defeat in Ireland.

Alisha Butchers and Siwan Lillicrap, who made their debuts from the bench at Donnybrook, have been included in the starting XV at flanker and second row respectively.

Sioned Harries has been switched from lock to No 8 at The Gnoll while Sian Williams, who is now a full-time professional, swaps sides on the scrum and moves to blindside flanker.

Due to Lake’s absence, Robyn Wilkins moves from fly-half to inside centre with Hannah Jones switching to outside centre with experienced Elinor Snowsill coming in at fly-half. The other changes see Dyddgu Hywel starting at full-back with Adi Taviner switching to wing.

“Although disappointed with the opening loss to Ireland, we were pleased with certain aspects of the game looking ahead to Scotland,” said Edwards.

“Our defence in particular stood up well against a very good Irish attack. We need to show what we can do with ball in hand now, and threaten the Scottish defence more. This will allow us to score tries.

“Alisha and Siwan made an impact from the bench last weekend to earn their starting spots while we’re also fortunate to be able to bring someone with Elinor’s experience back into the fold in the backline.”

Wales: 15 Dyddgu Hywel, 14 Adi Taviner, 13 Hannah Jones, 12 Robyn Wilkins, 11 Elen Evans, 10 Elinor Snowsill, 9 Keira Bevan; 1 Megan York, 2 Carys Phillips, 3 Amy Evans, 4 Rebecca Rowe, 5 Siwan Lillicrap, 6 Sian Williams, 7 Alisha Butchers, 8 Sioned Harries.

Replacements: 16 Amy Price, 17 Catrin Edwards, 18 Cerys Hale, 19 Jenny Hawkins, 20 Shona Powell-Hughes, 21 Bethan Dainton, 22 Gemma Rowland, 23 Melissa Clay[…]

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