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Wales captain Hannah Jones. Pic: Getty Images.

Hannah Jones Hailed As Outstanding Wales Skipper As She Faces First Test Of Six Nations Leadership

By Paul Jones

Wales head coach Ioan Cunningham has named six uncapped players in the squad for this season’s Women’s Six Nations and described as “outstanding” his captain Hannah Jones, who has retained the armband.

Cunningham has included centres Catherine Richards and Jenna De Vera, prop Abbey Constable, lock Charlie Mundy, plus flankers Bryonie King and Kate Williams in the 36-strong group.

Swansea-born Williams, who was raised in Auckland, trained with Wales during last year’s World Cup in New Zealand.

Centre Hannah Jones, meanwhile, is retained as captain for a tournament that Wales kick off against Ireland in Cardiff on March 25.

“This is very much a fresh start after the recent World Cup, and we cannot wait to get back out there and to play again,” Cunningham said.

“We need to grow the depth in our squad, and we have to have one eye on the 2025 World Cup and build on the performances we produced in last season’s Six Nations and the World Cup in New Zealand.

“Hannah Jones grew at the World Cup as a leader, and she deserves to lead this side because she drives the standards on and off the pitch. Her work ethic is outstanding.”

Jones said: “It’s a really proud moment to be named captain and we have all worked really hard as a group over the last few years and to have the opportunity to lead this squad is an honour.

“We have had players come through from the Celtic Cup into the squad and that is really exciting and we are just all looking forward to getting going and playing Ireland in the first game.

“The new players have been welcomed into the environment and we are excited about that and they will have already seen how hard we work and the standards we have for the TikTok Six Nations.

“We want to build on what we did last year. We finished third and that was brilliant but we know we have to keep building performances and that will then transform into results.”

Wales squad for the 2023 Six Nations

Forwards: Abbey Constable, Abbie Fleming, Alex Callander, Bethan Lewis, Bryonie King, Cara Hope, Caryl Thomas, Carys Phillips, Cerys Hale, Charlie Mundy, Georgia Evans, Gwen Crabb, Gwenllian Pyrs, Kat Evans, Kate Williams, Kelsey Jones, Natalia John, Sioned arries, Sisilia Tuipulotu.

Backs: Amelia Tutt, Carys Williams-Morris, Catherine Richards, Courtney Keight, Elinor Snowsill, Ffion Lewis, Hannah Bluck, Hannah Jones (captain), Jenna De Vera, Keira Bevan, Kerin Lake, Lisa Neumann, Lleucu George, Lowri, Norkett, Megan Davies, Niamh Terry, Robyn Wilkins

Wales Women Six Nations fixtures

March 25: Wales vs Ireland – Cardiff Arms Park – 2.15pm
April 1: Scotland vs Wales – DAM Health Stadium – 5.30pm
April 15: Wales vs England – Cardiff Arms Park – 2.15pm
April 23: France vs Wales – Stade des Alpes – 3.15pm
April 29: Italy vs Wales – Stadio Sergio Llanfranchi – 3.30pm

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