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Cardiff Arms Park continues as home of Wales Women

International | 30th September 2021

Cardiff Arms Park will once again play host to international rugby this season, as they continue to be the home of Wales Women for the campaign.

The national side have called the iconic stadium home for the last three seasons, and will return in the autumn - in front of crowds - for an enthralling three-game series, which was announced earlier this week.

It was also confirmed that a coaching team of Geraint Lewis, Ioan Cunningham, Richard Whiffin and Sophie Spence will lead the side for the November fixtures, as we countdown to the Rugby World Cup in New Zealand next year.

Japan, South Africa and former World Cup finalists Canada will all visit the home of Cardiff Rugby next month, with tickets available from Friday morning (9am).

WRU performance coach, Lewis, said, “It’s always a privilege to be involved with any international team and adding coaches who are vastly experienced in professional rugby is already raising standards at training.

“We’ve seen improvement already and our autumn opposition will test us in many different areas which is exactly what we want at this point in time.

“We expect Japan to be a very fast, skilful side, while South Africa will provide a tough, physical challenge and Canada are a very athletic team and consistently one of the top sides in the world in the women’s game.

“We are very much looking forward to returning to Cardiff Arms Park and welcoming crowds back to our matches. Hopefully we can give them something to cheer over the next couple of months.”

Whiffin added, “I’m very excited to join the team for the autumn. I’m buoyed by the attitude and potential I saw at the training camp on the weekend and keen to bring my experience of the professional game to support the players in producing an expansive, attractive brand of rugby.

"We have some skilful outside backs along with forwards who like to play with the ball too, that is the type of rugby we hope to produce at the Arms Park this autumn.”

Wales star Siwan Lillicrap said: “As players, it’s been good to be back together, we set some baseline standards on the weekend for the next 12 months and we are embracing what this coaching team is bringing to the group.

“We have a good blend of autumn games to be excited about.

“They will challenge us and provide good preparation for the year ahead.

“It will be great to welcome supporters back to home games at the Arms Park. Many of our players have been making their presence known for their clubs recently and we want to show what we can do in front of a Welsh crowd. We should all have played five league games in by the time autumn comes around, so we will be well-prepared.”