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Davies set for first international start in Six Nations finale

International | 22nd April 2021

Megan Davies is set for her first start on the international stage as Wales bring an end to their Six Nations campaign against Scotland on Saturday (KO 5.00pm).

Head coach Warren Abrahams has made nine changes for the trip to Scotstoun Stadium, with eight Cardiff Blues stars featuring in the matchday 23.

Scrum half Davies, who also features for Exeter Chiefs in the Allianz Premier 15s, has featured as a replacement in both of Wales’ games to date, having made her senior international debut in the opening round defeat to France.

She will partner Cardiff Blues team-mate Robyn Wilkins at half back, with the latter reverting back to the number 10 jersey after winning her 50th cap against France last time out.

With skipper Siwan Lillicrap ruled out due to an ankle injury, a reshuffle in the back row sees Manon Johnes switching to the blindside and vice-captain Georgia Evans featuring at number eight.

A trio of Cardiff Blues players are set for their first involvement in this year’s Six Nations campaign, with Abbie Fleming, Shona Powell-Hughes and Megan Webb all named on the bench alongside prop Cerys Hale.

Elsewhere, centre Hannah Jones captains the side in Lillicrap’s absence, and she is joined in the back-line by fellow GB Sevens hopeful, Jasmine Joyce.

Abrahams said, “We’re excited about the opportunity to go out one more time in a Six Nations match and represent the jersey.

“We have some injuries – Siwan in particular is a big loss as captain and one of our stand-out players to date – but equally it’s a chance to give others the opportunity to put their hands up with the Rugby World Cup next year.

“It’s good to see some leaders getting additional responsibility with Hannah Jones as captain and another of our leaders Georgia stepping up as vice-captain.

“I’m excited by the backline with some of the younger players such as Meg Davies and Caitlin Lewis hungry for opportunities and Jaz will no doubt add some spice at full-back.

“It’s a privilege to be in this position, opportunities like these don’t come around every day so we have to take responsibility now and make this one count.

“We know we didn’t start well in our first two matches, we have to make sure we get straight out from the blocks on Saturday and build our innings from there.

“I always believe in the team, and I know if they can get themselves in the best possible mindset, get on the front foot and make some bold decisions, they can show what they’re made of.”

Wales Women v Scotland: Jasmine Joyce; Lisa Neumann, Gemma Rowland, Hannah Jones (capt), Caitlin Lewis; Robyn Wilkins, Megan Davies; Caryl Thomas, Robyn Lock, Donna Rose, Natalia John, Teleri Wyn Davies, Manon Johnes, Bethan Dainton, Georgia Evans (vice-capt)

Replacements: Kelsey Jones, Gwenllian Jenkins, Cerys Hale, Gwen Crabb, Shona Powell-Hughes, Abbie Fleming, Jade Knight, Megan Webb