Cunningham makes five changes for Welsh team to face France

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Ioan Cunningham has made five changes to the Wales side to take on France in Round 4 of the TikTok Women’s Six Nations at Cardiff Arms Park.

Wales won their opening two matches of the Championship against Ireland and Scotland but suffered a 58-5 defeat to England in Round 3, which leaves them in third place on 10 points, five points behind England and France.

Cunningham makes three changes to the forwards, with Cerys Hale returning to the front row, where she will join up with Gwenllian Pyrs and Carys Phillips, while Natalia John joins Gwen Crabb in the second row.
There is also a change in the back row, as Bethan Lewis comes into the side for the first time in this year’s Championship, alongside Alisha Butchers, who moves back to the blindside and captain Siwan Lillicrap.

In the backs, Keira Bevan and Elinor Snowsill are reunited as half-backs, while Robyn Wilkins joins Hannah Jones in the centres.

In the back three, Jasmine Joyce, Lisa Neumann and Kayleigh Powell continue from their impressive start to the Championship.

On the replacements bench, Niamh Terry joins the matchday 23 with super sub against Ireland Donna Rose maintaining her spot on the bench.

Cunningham said: “We took a lot of learnings from the England Test. We’ve had a good two weeks’ build-up to this game and we’re excited to kick on.

“One of the learnings was how we dealt with the occasion at Kingsholm and we are looking forward to returning home to Cardiff Arms Park.

“A big home crowd on Friday night will give the players a real boost, hopefully we can start well and put in a good performance.

“France are one of the top three teams in the world, they have powerful runners and attacking options all over the pitch that will certainly test us.

“We need to be ready to take all our own attacking opportunities and our selection behind the scrum reflects that.

“We have looked at combinations that will hopefully give us some additional attacking options and help get the ball to our outside backs.

“In the forwards, Cerys Hale did well when she came on against England and Beth (Lewis) deserves a chance to start having trained very well and made an impact when she’s come on.

“Natalia (John) has been a key player all season. Alex Callender and Sioned Harries will have different roles this week and Sisilia misses out this time but we are very much excited by her progress including her performance against England.”

This year’s TikTok Women’s Six Nations stands to be the most accessible in the Championship’s history.

Spanning 136 countries, and available on terrestrial and streaming platforms, the Women’s Championship has never had such comprehensive broadcast coverage.

Not to mention Title Partner TikTok reaching fans via its entertainment platform with exclusive W6N content.

In what is a huge year of Women’s rugby, the TikTok Women’s Six Nations, which once again has its own window in the international rugby calendar, is set up reach more fans than ever before.

The TikTok Women’s Six Nations is more accessible than ever before. To find out how you can watch the Women’s Championship visit: womens.sixnationsrugby.com/tv/

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