The Wales Women’s Six Nations Rugby Squad will kick off their tournament this weekend in a match against Italy this tomorrow (Saturday 4 February).
As in previous years, the squad features a high number of both current Cardiff Metropolitan University students and alumni – ten in total – reinforcing the strong reputation the University has for leading the way in women’s sport.
The team includes current staff member and lecturer in Education Studies, Dyddgu Hywel , who also plays full-back for Wales and The Scarlets.
Second-year student Jasmine Joyce is a winger for Cardiff Met and also The Scarlets for the region. PGCE Art student, Megan York plays as prop for Gwent Dragons and Gemma Rowland – studying an MSc in Strength & Conditioning – plays centre for Gwent Dragons.
Cardiff Met Alumni playing for the Wales squad include hooker and team captain Carys Phillips, who also plays for the Ospreys; Cerys Hale, a prop for the Dragons, Nia Elen Davies, a back row for the Scarlets; Scarlets hooker, Lowri Harries and Sioned Harries, also a back row for the Scarlets.
The team has played four games in preparation for the Six Nations starting with a match last November when they played Scotland and the UK armed forces, securing two wins. The squad also played against Ireland and Spain this January, once again securing victories.
The players selected have been involved in the Six Nations for a number years and Cardiff Met consistently has a high number of players selected every year. This year twelve players were selected in total, including the ten women in the Welsh squad and two alumni, Danielle Waterman and Kay Wilson on the England team.
Performance Director of Women’s Rugby, Rhys Edwards said: “It is unique to have so many players from a university on a squad and this is a testament to the high performance programme we run at Cardiff Met. Those involved have had excellent training and preparation games in anticipation of the Six Nations.
“I look forward to their performances over the course of the tournament and in the lead up to the world cup in Ireland this summer.”
Rhys Edwards was the Wales National Coach for six years prior to this year’s campaign.
Tune into Eurosport this Sunday to catch the action.