By Rachel Davies
Wales’ Women’s Rugby World Cup team has been given a boost just a day before they take on Australia, with Llandaff North centre Robyn Wilkins being drafted in to start the game. The team is also buoyed by the return of Wilkins’ Llandaff North colleague Laurie Harries.
Coach Rhys Edwards praised Harries, along with Llandaff North teammate Jenny Hawkins and Waterloo’s Elen Evans saying, “They were very strong against France and we’ll be looking at them to lead the charge against Australia.”
Wales head into the Australia game on the back of a difficult defeat against France, which saw them going down 26-0. Despite the heavy loss, Edwards took positives from the match, stating that he was pleased with the performance but wanted the team to capitalise more on opportunities to score.
Edwards suggested the team have been training with their own game in mind, avoiding the trap of concentrating on the opposition’s tactics. Wales have come up against Australia twice before during previous World Cups, currently without a win. With six Llandaff North players taking centre stage and with Wilkins referred to as Edwards’ “tactical switch”, could this be their year?
Wales take on Australia on Tuesday, 5th August in Paris. Support our players by tuning in to the Sky Sports 1 Red Button at 2pm. Highlights of the day’s action will be available on BBC Radio 5 Live’s World Cup round-up programme at 9pm.
Wales Women: Laurie Harries (Llandaff North); Adi Taviner (Neath Athletic), Robyn Wilkins (Llandaff North), Rebecca de Filippo (Bristol Ladies), Philippa Tuttiett (Bristol Ladies); Elinor Snowsill (Bristol Ladies), Amy Day (Llandaff North); Caryl Thomas (Bath Ladies), Lowri Harries (Neath Athletic), Megan York (Blaenau Gwent), Jenny Hawkins (Llandaff North), Shona Powell-Hughes (Neath Athletic), Catrina Nicholas (Llandaff North), Rachel Taylor (Bristol Ladies, capt), Sioned Harries (Llandaff North).