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Wales make two changes for England clash

Wales make two changes for England clash

Natalia John and Hannah Jones have been recalled to the Wales starting XV to face England in their Women’s Six Nations encounter on Saturday.

In a pair of changes from the France defeat, John replaces Gwen Grabb in the second row, while Evans partners Kerin Lake in midfield, in place of Megan Webb.

Wales are still searching for their first win in the Championship and will look to bounce back from the 52-0 loss to France in Round 3.

Coach Chris Horsman admits it will be a “huge challenge” going up against an unbeaten Red Roses side, who have never lost to Wales on home soil.

““We know Saturday’s Test will be a huge challenge,” said Horsman. “England are one of the best teams in the world right now, if not the best.

“We always knew this would be a challenging Championship and following a tough day against France, England will certainly be no easier.”

Throughout the championship, Wales have selected youthful line-ups, in addition to handing out a number of caps as they look to build their squad depth.

With England looking to move one step closer to back-to-back Grand Slam titles at Twickenham Stoop, Horsman is confident they are ready for a tough examination.

He said: “The girls are ready to test themselves again against the best, that’s what they want to do in order to improve ahead of next year’s Rugby World Cup in New Zealand.

“We are fulfilling our aims of growing depth in the squad by exposing players to this level of the game.”

Wales Women XV: 1. Gwenllian Pyrs 2. Kelsey Jones 3. Cerys Hale 4. Georgia Evans 5. Natalia John 6. Alisha Butchers 7. Bethan Lewis 8. Siwan Lillicrap (c) 9. Keira Bevan 10. Robyn Wilkins 11. Caitlin Lewis 12. Kerin Lake 13. Hannah Jones 14. Lisa Neumann 15. Kayleigh Powell

Replacements: 16. Molly Kelly 17. Cara Hope 18. Ruth Lewis 19. Gwen Crabb 20. Robyn Lock 21. Ffion Lewis 22. Hannah Bluck 23. Lauren Smyth