Wales women’s rugby coach Jason Lewis has handed a 6 Nations debut to Cardiff Quins wing Cary James who has been named in his team to play England this weekend.
James scored twice in her international debut for Wales last November against Sweden and has impressed Wales coach Jason Lewis since being brought into the squad.
Ive no qualms about giving Caryl her chance at this level, said Lewis. She is a level headed person and an experienced sportsperson and has taken to international rugby well.
Im happy with the squad weve chosen. Weve got more depth within the squad than we had this time last year and selection has been much more difficult, particularly in the front five where we are blessed with talent at the moment, added Lewis.
Current 6 champions England will go into the match firm favourites, having beaten the mighty New Zealand side emphatically at Twickenham in November.
Youve got to give England credit, said Lewis. They are constantly one or two in the world and by beating New Zealand theyve proved just how good they are. We are under no illusions as to the size of the task which confronts us but we are delighted to have the opportunity of taking them on in our first game of the campaign.
Elsewhere, in a largely settled squad, hooker Becky Newton, centre Ceri Redman and fly half Elinor Snowsill have come through the age grade system to force their way into the 6 Nations squad for the first time, with the trio having played in last seasons Under 20s side. They will all start the game from the bench.
Wales are the reigning Triple Crown champions.
Wales Women (v England, Esher RFC, Saturday 6th Feb, 7pm KO)
Non Evans, Aimee Young, Naomi Thomas, Clare Flowers , Caryl James, Awen Thomas, Amy Day, Catrin Edwards, Jenny Davies, Hannah Roberts, Gemma Hallett, Rachel Taylor, Catrina Nicholas, Mellissa Berry, Jamie Kift
Substitutes: Clare Horgan, Becky Newton, Claire Donovan, Louise Horgan, Laura Prosser, Elinor Snowsill, Ceri Redman