10 Cardiff Blues in Wales Women’s squad

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Wales Women head coach Rowland Phillips has named 10 Cardiff Blues players in his 35 strong squad for the upcoming Autumn Series.

It comes on the back of Cardiff Blues coming third in the Women’s Regional Championship, although they were still in with a chance of topping the table going into the final round of fixtures.

Vice-captain Cerys Hale, back rower Manon Johnes and fly-half Robyn Wilkins all return return to the squad having previously worn the red jersey.

However, the other seven players are all debutants, forming half of the debutants in a squad traditionally dominated by Ospreys and Scarlets players.

Prop Jordan Hopkins and back rowers Georgia Evans and Abbie Fleming, who captained Cardiff Blues this season, are all included for the first time, as are scrum-half Megan Webb and back three players Catherine Richards, Paige Randall and Rebekah O’Loughlin.

Wales Women start their Autumn Series against Spain in Madrid before travelling to Dublin to taken on Ireland and then Glasgow to face Scotland. They complete the series playing Crawshay’s at Ebbw Vale, before an historic game against the Barbarians at the Principality Stadium as part of a double header with the men’s team.

Autumn Series Fixtures

Spain v Wales Women, Estadio Nacional Computense, Madrid, Sunday 3 November 12.45pm local time

Ireland v Wales Women, The Bowl, UCD, Dublin, Sunday 10 November 1pm

Scotland v Wales Women, Glasgow, Sunday 17 November 3pm

Crawshay’s v Wales Women, Eugene Cross Park, Ebbw Vale Saturday 23 November 2.30pm

Wales Women v Barbarians Saturday 30 November, Principality Stadium 11.45am

Wales Women Autumn Series squad:

Forwards: Alex Callender (Scarlets), Gwen Crabb (Ospreys), Amy Evans (Ospreys), Georgia Evans* (Cardiff Blues), Abbie Fleming* (Cardiff Blues), Cerys Hale (Cardiff Blues), Sioned Harries (Scarlets), Cara Hope (Ospreys), Jordan Hopkins* (Cardiff Blues), Gwenllian Jenkins* (Scarlets), Natalia John (Ospreys), Manon Johnes (Cardiff Blues), Kelsey Jones (Ospreys), Bethan Lewis (Scarlets), Siwan Lillicrap (Ospreys), Robyn Lock* (Ospreys), Carys Phillips (Ospreys), Gwenllian Pyrs (RGC)

Backs: Keira Bevan, (Ospreys), Angharad Desmet* (Scarlets), Alecs Donovan (Ospreys), Lleucu George (Scarlets), Courtney Keight* (Ospreys), Kerin Lake (Ospreys), Caitlin Lewis* (Scarlets), Ffion Lewis (Scarlets), Rebekah O’Loughlin* (Cardiff Blues), Kayleigh Powell* (Ospreys), Paige Randall* (Cardiff Blues), Catherine Richards* (Cardiff Blues), Lauren Smyth (Ospreys), Elinor Snowsill Ospreys), Niamh Terry* (Ospreys), Megan Webb* (Cardiff Blues), Robyn Wilkins (Cardiff Blues)

*Denotes an uncapped player

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