August 16, 2017
Wales Seeks Win Against Hong Kong at #WRWC2017
Photo: INPHO/Oisin Keniry (Wales number eight Sioned Harries is tackled by New Zealand duo Sarah Goss and Victoria Subritzky-Nafatali)
Wales will face Hong Kong at the UCD Bowl tomorrow at 17:15 (12:15ET). While both teams are trying to win their first match of the Women’s Rugby World Cup 2017, Wales is not only looking for the win, but a chance to move into the knockout rounds to play for 5th place. A bonus point win is likely and they will likely be the 7th seed.
Wales opened the WRWC2017 with a 24-12 loss to the USA and then lost in the second roung to England 56-13. Hong Kong has not scored in either of their first two matches, losing to Canada 98-0 and then to New Zealand 121-0.
Hong Kong is a developing team, who have rotated their players because of the demands in playing matches with little rest, as well as to provide the necessary experience for their players to improve.
The match will be streamed live for most of the world on http://www.rwcwomens.com/. In Wales, it will be streamed on the S4C website (plus the S4C Chwaraeon Facebook page) and, for the first time in the tournament, will be televised live on ITV4.
Wales has made nine changes from their previous match against England. Two of these changes are in the front row with loosehead Cerys Hale and tighthead Meg York supporting captain Carys Phillips at hooker. Lock Siwan Lillicrap also makes her first start of the Women’s Rugby World Cup where she will partner with Mel Clay. Shona Powell-Hughes will also start at No. 8 where she will be joined in the back row by seventeen-year-old flanker Lleucu George. Sioned Harries, who has been outstanding WRWC will be the open-side flanker.
Fullback Jodie Evans and inside centre Robyn Wilkins make their first starts of the tournament, while Jasmine Joyce and Keira Bevan return on the wing and at scrum-half respectively.