UWIC will look to experienced scrummager Catrin Edwards to shine against current champions Loughborough University in the BUSA Halifax Championship final tomorrow, Twickenham (kick-off 12.30pm).
Welsh prop Edwards was unofficially 'man of the match' during the Six Nations international on Sunday. Despite a 40-0 score line in favour of the English, the prop gained her first full cap with a solid performance in set play and an intense work rate around the pitch.
UWIC last faced Loughborough in the tournament's semi-finals, last year. The match was drawn at 19-19 at full time, and Loughborough went through to the finals on try-count. The squads selected by both UWIC and Loughborough to represent their university in this year's BUSA Halifax Women's Rugby Union Championship Final at Twickenham include some very high calibre players. The majority of UWIC's team also play for Wales at various levels, while Loughborough's ladies number several England academy members. Given the calibre of these two evenly matched teams, this year's BUSA Halifax Championship final should prove to be a very competitive and exciting match.
UWIC: Jilly Holroyd, Hayley Baxter, Rebecca Stroud, Emily Ryall, Amber Penrith, Elaine Radcliffe, Kerry Jenkins, Catrin Edwards, Nicola John, Jennifer Ann Davies, Samantha Mason, Rebecca Dando, Catrina Nicholas, Emma Hawkes, Zoe Eaton
Replacements: Marie Bancroft, An Other, Laura Bishop, Beth Sewell, Sian Hughes, Kate Wilmott, Natalie Probert
Loughborough: Charlotte Barras, Faye Riley, Maxine Dix, Kim Shaylor, Jo Blackmore, Rachel Brennan, Laura Prosser, Rachel Kerr, Pippa Crews, Gemma Paul, Amanda Clarke, Sarah Cotterill, Di Lewis, Gemma Nunnerley, Karen Harris
Replacements: Leah Radstone, Emma Wareham, Laura Humber, Lucy Hall, Sally Brown, Sabrina Stockdale, Marianne Miller
As the countdown continues for RWC2015, Tournament Chief Executive Debbie Jevans visited the Millennium Stadium to discuss preparations for the eight matches and reveal the positive news that 100,000 tickets for games at the home of Welsh rugby have sold in the last seven days.
Jason Harries is targeting a first win on the World Series circuit this season with Wales. The series returns to action this weekend in Dubai where Harries is part of a team hoping to build from its efforts in round one in October.
Wales skipper Jevon Groves says his side have addressed a few points from Gold Coast and aim to 'hit the ground running' in the next two rounds of the World Series, kicking off with this weekend in Dubai before heading off to South Africa next week.
Wales Sevens manager Steff Thomas is hopeful his side can build from a quarter-final spot in the opening round of the World Series in Australia when his side take part in the forthcoming double header in Dubai and South Africa.