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Wilkins set for half century in Irish Test

Women | 8th April 2021

Cardiff Blues playmaker Robyn Wilkins is set to win her 50th international cap as Wales welcome Ireland to Cardiff Arms Park on Saturday.

Having made her international bow against Italy in 2014, Wilkins becomes the latest Wales start to hit a half century of caps, and is joined by three of her Cardiff Blues team-mates in the starting line-up.

The playmaker, who has primarily featured at outside half during her international career, continues in the number 15 jersey for the Six Nations clash, with forwards Georgia Evans, Manon Johnes and Cerys Hale also given the nod by head coach Warren Abrahams.

Teenage scrum half, Megan Davies, is once again included on the bench, having won her first cap against France last week.

Wales will be looking to bounce back from an opening round defeat to France, with a total of four changes made to the starting line-up.

Head coach Abrahams said: “We are all proud and privileged to represent the Wales jersey. Last weekend’s loss hurts us all, but that pain is important if we want to improve and be competitive against the best sides in the world. It was a great benchmark and it is up to every member of the Wales Women programme now to take responsibility. Those who take it will stay on the bus and we will keep driving towards that vision.

“We’re going to focus on what we can control, keep believing in process and the people around us. We believe we have the best team to represent the squad this weekend. It’s a chance for some players to start the game and we have youngsters Niamh and Caitlin on the bench too. We are enthused by the performance of the new caps last weekend.”

Wales Women: Robyn Wilkins; Lisa Neumann, Hannah Jones, Kerin Lake, Courtney Keight; Elinor Snowsill, Jess Roberts; Cara Hope, Kelsey Jones, Cerys Hale, Natalia John, Gwen Crabb, Georgia Evans, Manon Johnes, Siwan Lillicrap (capt.)

Replacements: Molly Kelly, Caryl Thomas, Donna Rose, Teleri Wyn Davies, Bethan Dainton, Megan Davies, Niamh Terry, Caitlin Lewis