Wales Women head coach Rowland Phillips has selected 11 Scarlets in a 34-strong Wales Women Emerging squad that will play England U18 Talent Development Group at the Principality Stadium on Tuesday, 30 April (6pm).
The Scarlets players are forwards Chloe Fletcher, Ellie Morgan, Gwenllian Jenkins, Hatty Davies, Molly James and backs Caitlin Lewis, Celyn Lazenby (pictured), Darcy Thomas, Ellie Tromans, Mabli Davies, Rosie Davies.
The squad includes Wales internationals Manon Johnes and Lauren Smyth and Six Nations squad members Molly Kelly and Lewis, but all of the playing squad will be eligible for under-18 rugby and other than those involved with Wales, all have come through this season’s under-18 regional training and playing programme.
Phillips has added Wales No. 8 Sioned Harries and Dragons Ladies coach Jamie Solace to his coaching team of Gareth Wyatt and Hugh Gustafson for this period and is looking to continue to identify and develop female talent for the future.
“Everything we do involves planning for the future and developing players for international rugby,” said Phillips.
“Manon (Johnes), Alex (Callender) and Lauren (Smyth) were involved in this programme this time last year, Manon and Alex playing and Lauren missing out on the game through injury. All three have gone on to shine for Wales this season.
“Caitlyn (Lewis) and Molly (Kelly) were part of our Six Nations squad and Caitlin, Celyn Lazenby, Ellie Morgan and Megan Webb have been involved with the Wales Women Sevens programme so these next few weeks will enable us to keep working with this group of players.
“We will be looking to see if any of these players can step up and be part of our Wales squad as we build towards the 2021 Rugby World Cup – and looking further ahead I’m sure many of them will be involved when it comes to the 2025 competition.
“There is plenty of female talent in Wales, we saw that with the under-18 programme which helped prepare the players for a higher intensity of training and playing.
“It will be another step up for them to play an England squad at Principality Stadium and that can only be a good thing.”
Wales Women Emerging squad v England U18 Talent Development Group (Tuesday 30 April, 6pm, Principality Stadium – free entry for all as part of Road to Principality Series):
Forwards: Chloe Fletcher, Ellie Morgan, Gwenllian Jenkins, Hatty Davies, Molly James (all Scarlets)
Amie Turner, Bryonie King, Catrin Jones, Ffion Owen, Madi Johns, Manon Johnes (all Blues)
Jade Thomas, Jaya White, Melissa Gnojek (all Ospreys)
Mali Quaeck, Molly Kelly, Victoria Redman (all RGC)
Backs: Caitlin Lewis, Celyn Lazenby, Darcy Thomas, Ellie Tromans, Mabli Davies, Rosie Davies (all Scarlets)
Beth Huntley, Megan Davies, Megan Webb (all Blues)
Catherine Richards, Chelsea Jones, Hannah Powell, Tygan Pinch (all Dragons)
Anwen Owen, Lauren Smyth, Niamh Terry (all Ospreys)
Mali Jones (RGC)