Pembrokeshire's Nia Elen Davies, Lleuce George and Lisa Neumann have been named in the Wales Women's squad to face Scotland on Friday.

The three Scarlets have been named amongst the replacements, with former Ysgol Y Preseli pupil Davies, now with Penybanc, covering the back row.

Whitland player, Lleucu George, who rose to prominence as the youngest ever Wales player to appear in a World Cup last year, will provide cover at back rown and No 10 in equal measures.

Centre Neumann meanwhile, of Haverfordwest Ladies RFC, is one of six uncapped players in the squad.

Four of those players are in the starting line-up, with lock Natalia John (Ospreys), openside Beth Lewis (Scarlets), scrum-half Jade Knight (Scarlets) and wing Hannah Bluck (Cardiff Blues) all set to earn their first caps in the opening game of the tournament.

In wing Jess Kavanagh-Williams and replacement forwards Gwenllian Pyrs and Teleri Davies (the latter initially named as a Development Player), there are three RGC players in the matchday squad.

Head coach Rowland Phillips, formerly of St Davids RFC, says he is building for the future, and with only three of his players boasting more than 20 caps each, believes there is a new energy in the team.
“We’re beginning to see more competition for places, which is reflected in our selections for Friday,” says Phillips. “We’ve got an average age of 24, so I expect these players to be pushing each other on for many years to come. It feels like a fresh start for Wales Women and we’re looking to play some good rugby against a strong Scotland side.”

Two names missing from the 23 are Bristol winger and former Ysgol Dewi Sant pupil Jasmine Joyce, and WHitland Ladies No 8 Sioned Harries, due to their involvement with the Wales 7s side currently out in Australia.

Wales play The Scots in Colwyn Bay with a 6pm kick off.

Friday’s match will be a double-header with Wales Under 20s – who kick off at 8.15pm – at the newly-named Stadiwm Zip World (formerly Parc Eirias).
Wales Women team to face Scotland:
15 Jodie Evans (Scarlets)
14 Hannah Bluck* (Cardiff Blues)
13 Kerin Lake (Ospreys)
12 Rebecca De Filippo (Dragons)
11 Jess Kavanagh-Williams (RGC)
10 Robyn Wilkins (Ospreys)
9 Jade Knight* (Scarlets)
1 Caryl Thomas (Scarlets)
2 Carys Phillips (c) (Ospreys)
3 Amy Evans (Ospreys)
4 Natalia John* (Ospreys)
5 Mel Clay (Ospreys)
6 Alisha Butchers (Scarlets)
7 Beth Lewis* (Scarlets)
8 Siwan Lillicrap (Ospreys)
16 Kelsey Jones (Ospreys)
17 Gwenllian Pyrs (RGC)
18 Cerys Hale (Dragons)
19 Teleri Davies* (RGC)
20 Nia Elen Davies (Scarlets)
21 Rhiannon Parker (Cardiff Blues)
22 Lleucu George (Scarlets)
23 Lisa Neumann* (Scarlets)