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Siwan Lillicrap retains Wales captaincy as Carys Phillips returns

2021-02-24 13:44:30

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Siwan Lillicrap: Retaining Wales captaincy a ‘big honour’

Siwan Lillicrap has retained the Wales ladies captaincy for the rescheduled Six Nations, whereas former skipper Carys Phillips returns to the squad.

Lillicrap took over the armband in November 2019 when 51-times-capped hooker Phillips fell out of favour.

However Phillips returns underneath new head coach Warren Abrahams.

Wales start their Six Nations with a tricky journey to France on the weekend of three April.

Wales had been unable to complete their 2020 marketing campaign because of the coronavirus pandemic, however there shall be a substantial amount of emphasis on this event with the Rugby World Cup attributable to happen in New Zealand in September.

“It is an enormous honour as all the time to placed on the Wales jersey and to steer the group is extremely particular to me, particularly right now,” stated Lillicrap.

Abrahams, who took over the position in November 2020, says Lillicrap has proven “unimaginable management” and is a task mannequin to not solely the present gamers however future generations.

“It has been superb to see how she has led from the entrance each on and off the sphere in current months,” he stated.

“Siwan has had her honest Share of harm setbacks just lately, however all the time supported the group whole-heartedly. It took her a quantity years to interrupt into the aspect – that starvation to signify her nation is as evident now as ever.”

In addition to welcoming Phillips again to the squad, Abrahams has additionally included Mel Howley (née Clay) after a yr out because of the beginning of her son, together with Bethan Dainton.

Lleucu George, Kerin Lake and Ffion Lewis all return from harm, whereas there are 5 new faces in Gloucester-Hartpury ahead Sisilia Tuipulotu, props Laura Bleehen, Gwenllian Jenkins and Madi Johns and Exeter scrum-half Megan Davies

Nonetheless, there’s nonetheless no place for in-form Worcester ahead Sioned Harries.

Wales Girls coaching squad

Forwards: Laura Bleehen, Abbie Fleming, Alisha Butchers, Gwen Crabb, Bethan Dainton, Georgia Evans, Cerys Hale, Cara Hope, Mel Howley, Molly Kelly, Gwenllian Jenkins, Natalia John, Manon Johnes, Madi Johns, Kelsey Jones, Beth Lewis, Siwan Lillicrap, Robyn Lock, Carys Phillips, Shona Powell-Hughes, Donna Rose, Caryl Thomas, Sisilia Tuipulotu, Teleri Wyn Davies.

Backs: Keira Bevan, Megan Davies, Alecs Donovan, Lleucu George, Beth Huntley, Bryonie King, Courtney Keight, Jade Knight, Kerin Lake, Caitlin Lewis, Ffion Lewis, Lisa Neumann, Hannah Jones, Jasmine Joyce, Kayleigh Powell, Paige Randall, Jess Roberts, Gemma Rowland, Lauren Smyth, Elinor Snowsill, Niamh Terry, Meg Webb, Robyn Wilkins, Flo Williams.

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