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Wilkins edges closer to half century in Wales' Women's Six Nations opener

Women | 1st April 2021

Four Cardiff Blues stars are set to pull on the red shirt of Wales in their Women’s Six Nations opener against France on Saturday.

Playmaker Robyn Wilkins will make her first start in the number 15 jersey, having primarily featured at outside half, and moves within a cap of her half century.

She is joined in the side by club team-mates Georgia Evans and Manon Johnes, who make up the back row alongside captain Siwan Lillicrap.

Prop Cerys Hale is also named amongst the replacements for head coach Warren Abrahams’ first competitive fixture.

Donna Rose, Jess Roberts and Megan Davies are all in line to make their Test debuts against the 2020 runners up.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Welsh regions have not been in action this season, but the 23 selected for the trip to Vannes have all represented clubs in the Allianz Premier 15s this season.

Wales Women v France: Robyn Wilkins (Worcester Warriors); Lisa Neumann (Sale Sharks), Hannah Jones (vice-capt, Gloucester-Hartpury), Kerin Lake (Gloucester-Hartpury), Jasmine Joyce (Bristol Bears); Elinor Snowsill (Bristol Bears), Jess Roberts (Sale Sharks); Caryl Thomas (Worcester Warriors), Kelsey Jones (Gloucester-Hartpury, Donna Rose (Saracens), Gwen Crabb (Gloucester-Hartpury), Teleri Wyn Davies (Sale Sharks), Georgia Evans (Saracens), Manon Johnes (Bristol Bears), Siwan Lillicrap (capt, Bristol Bears) 

Replacements: Robyn Lock (Gloucester-Hartpury), Cara Hope (Gloucester-Hartpury), Cerys Hale (Gloucester-Hartpury), Bethan Dainton (Harlequins), Natalia John (Bristol Bears), Megan Davies (Exeter Chiefs), Gemma Rowland (Bristol Bears), Courtney Keight (Bristol Bears)