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Wales make changes for Six Nations squad.

WALES Women will take on a "no fear" approach for their Six Nations opener with France on Saturday evening as head coach Rowland Phillips targets challenging the tournament's elite.

A trip to Montpellier is a tough start for Wales, but a young squad is relishing the chance to play in front of a hostile crowd on the back of a successful autumn campaign.

Phillips' side pushed a top-class Canada outfit all the way in November and also claimed victories over South Africa and Hong Kong. It all paints a positive picture for the team ahead of facing France.

"We came out of the autumn having moved our game on a bit. Our conditioning levels improved and on the whole, everything was just better," said Phillips. "The skill-set of the players also went up and if anything we'd have liked to have continued playing in November.

"When we came back in to start preparing for the Six Nations, the key thing for us was to pick that momentum back up and continue from where we left off at the end of last year. It feels like that is exactly what has happened."

Meanwhile, Phillips has added two players to his squad ahead of the France clash. RGC's Teleri Davies - who can play at lock or No.8 - bolsters the options. Davies made her Wales debut last season against Scotland and replaces a key figure in Sioned Harries who suffered an ankle injury in the Six Nations warm-up clash with Ireland which required surgery.

Uncapped Cardiff Blues prop Danielle Dinapoli comes in for Brea Leung who has been ruled out of the tournament due to a shoulder injury.

Phillips is set to name his team tomorrow at 1pm.

NATIONAL CUP DRAW Holders Merthyr have been drawn at home to Pontypridd in a mouth-watering quarter-final of the WRU National Cup.

Championship side Pontypool are at home to Bridgend, while it's Llandovery v Swansea and Cardiff v Bedwas.

Games to be played over the weekend of March 22/23/24.

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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Geographic Code:4EUFR
Date:Jan 30, 2019
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