Caryl Thomas will win her 50th Wales cap in tomorrow’s Women’s Six Nations match against table-toppers France in Colwyn Bay (kick-off 6pm).

The loosehead from Carmarthenshire made her international debut against Ireland in 2006 and is part of an unchanged front row to face the Grand Slam-chasing French at Parc Eirias.

Wales’ starting XV is unchanged following Sunday’s Principality Stadium loss to Italy with five players that were named in the Commonwealth Games sevens squad earlier this week included – full-back Hannah Jones, wing Jaz Joyce, fly-half Elinor Snowsill, flanker Alisha Butchers and number eight Sioned Harries.

France are fresh from a superb last-gasp win against the English and head to the north expecting to claim a clean sweep.

Head coach Rowland Phillips said: “We know we’re playing against the best team in the competition. We’ve got to meet their physicality.

“It’s an outstanding test for us, and to get something out of this game we need all the near-misses and fine margins that have affected us to this point to go our way this time.

“If we can capitalise on some of the opportunities we’ll be looking to create, we can challenge one of the best teams in the women’s game in front of what will be a strong crowd in Colwyn Bay.”

The game is the first part of a Wales-France double-header with the Under-20s kicking off at 8.15pm.

Wales Women team to face France

15 Hannah Jones (Scarlets)

14 Jaz Joyce (Scarlets)

13 Kerin Lake (Ospreys)

12 Robyn Wilkins (Ospreys)

11 Jess Kavanagh-Williams (RGC)

10 Elinor Snowsill (Dragons)

9 Keira Bevan (Ospreys)

1 Caryl Thomas (Scarlets)

2 Carys Phillips (c)(Ospreys)

3 Amy Evans (Ospreys)

4 Siwan Lillicrap (Ospreys)

5 Mel Clay (Ospreys)

6 Alisha Butchers (Scarlets)

7 Bethan Lewis (Scarlets)

8 Sioned Harries (Scarlets)


16 Kelsey Jones (Ospreys)

17 Gwenllian Pyrs (RGC)

18 Cerys Hale (Dragons)

19 Natalia John (Ospreys)

20 Nia Elen Davies (Scarlets)

21 Jade Knight (Scarlets)

22 Lisa Neumann (Scarlets)

23 Alecs Donovan (Ospreys)