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Wales to play at Bridgend

(Wales in action against South Africa at the World Cup where they finished 9th)

The Wales womens rugby side will play their two home 6 Nations fixtures at Bridgend next year where they will host England and Ireland. Wales will also be led by a new head coach as Jason Lewis has taken up a new role within the WRU.

The Welsh game against England will take place on Sunday, February 6th at Bridgend RFC, while the same venue will welcome Ireland on March 13th. Kick off times for both games have yet to be confirmed.

Meanwhile Lewis, who has led Wales for five seasons, has taken up a new role within the WRU, that of national development manager, and has therefore relinquished his coaching duties with the womens side. The Wales womens coaching structure is currently part of a strategic review and will be announced before the end of the year.

The role will see Lewis take charge of player development from the grassroots level upwards, with a key focus on schools and club rugby.

Lewis was at the helm when Wales enjoyed their best ever season in 2009 when his team bagged the Women's 6 Nations Triple Crown and a first defeat of England in 22 years of trying.

Wales finished as runners up in that 6 Nations with the 27-5 defeat in France denying them a Grand Slam after victories over Ireland, Scotland and England - the latter 16-15 victory sealed only with Non Evans' last minute penalty kick in Cardiff. Evans, the most experienced player in the set-up, has yet to decide if she will play next season having only recently returned from Commonwealth Games action where she competed as a wrestler.

However the side had a relatively poor 2010 finishing bottom of the 6 Nations and only managing 9h place at the World Cup

However Lewis leaves the womens game overall in relatively good health with a strong youth structure and a competitive U20 side who will also be in action next year.

Wales are so far the only 6 Nations union to have confirmed to scrumqueens, when and where their womens 6 Nations fixtures will take place with just over two months to the competition. England have however announced that their fixture against France will be at Worcester and they are understood to be looking to host their game against Scotland at Twickenham on March 13th and using Esher as their venue to play against Italy.

Ireland are expected to use Ashbourne as their base again.

Wales Women 6 Nations 2011 fixtures.

Sunday 6 February 2011 Wales v England Bridgend RFC KO TBC

Sunday 13 March 2011 Wales v Ireland Bridgend RFC KO TBC