Warriors Women have had seven players called-up to the Wales Women’s squad for their forthcoming Six Nations campaign.
Alisha Butchers, Alex Callender, Gwen Crabb, Jasmine Joyce, Caitlin Lewis, Ffion Lewis and Hannah Bluck have all made the squad of 34 as Wales look to improve on last year’s fourth place finish.
Wing Joyce has been a catalyst for Warriors’ upturn in fortunes in recent months, her long-range try against Firwood Waterloo in December underlining her credentials as a potent finisher.
Joyce along with Butchers recently spent five months playing sevens for the University of Adelaide’s Romas side and return to the international set-up as the excitement builds ahead of the northern hemisphere showpiece.
“We are pleased with the progress made during the autumn campaign, both in terms of creating fitness benchmarks and raising our performance standards,” Wales Women Coach Chris Horsman said of his squad selection.
“We made clear improvements in November and the togetherness shown was obvious throughout the month – from grinding out a gritty, last minute win over Ireland to impressive performances in beating Scotland and Crawshays along with a solid second half against a strong Barbarians side.
“It was just the start, but the performances showed that there is much more to come from this squad.
“We set out to develop strength in depth during the campaign, which was achieved with 14 new caps. Everyone named today has earned their place in the squad, but they have a chance now to step up and raise their performance standards.
“At the same time, we will continue to develop leadership qualities throughout the squad during the tournament.
“The Six Nations is a fantastic competition with so much prestige and tradition. I was lucky to be part of it as a player and I’m excited to be part of this coaching team, leading a senior side into the Six Nations for the first time.”
Wales Women Six Nations squad 2020
Forwards | Alisha Butchers, Alex Callender, Gwen Crabb, Georgia Evans, Abbie Fleming, Cerys Hale, Lleucu George, Cara Hope, Natalia John, Manon Johnes, Kelsey Jones, Molly Kelly, Sarah Lawrence, Bethan Lewis, Ruth Lewis, Siwan Lillicrap, Robyn Lock, Gwenllian Pyrs
Backs | Keira Bevan, Hannah Bluck, Hannah Jones, Jasmine Joyce, Courtney Keight, Kerin Lake, Caitlin Lewis, Ffion Lewis, Lisa Neumann, Kayleigh Powell, Paige Randall, Lauren Smyth, Elinor Snowsill, Niamh Terry, Megan Webb, Robyn Wilkins