Mellissa Berry will skipper Wales for the 50th time against Scotland on Sunday.
Wales Women head coach Jason Lewis has set his side the target of finishing in the top three of this year's Women's Six Nations to gain an automatic qualifying spot for next year's Rugby World Cup to be staged in England.
Wales kick off their 2009 championship at Meggatland on Sunday (midday kick-off) against Scotland where victory would put Lewis's side on their way towards qualification for next year's showpiece event.
France and England have already qualified for the tournament which means Wales face a daunting challenge if they are to guarantee an early qualification spot.
Lewis explains: "We will need to do something we have never done before and that is to go to France and beat them on their own soil.
"I believe we've got a realistic chance of achieving that. With England and France having already gained automatic qualification for next year's World Cup, we have to ensure we finish the Six Nations campaign ahead of Scotland, Italy and Ireland.
"As far as I'm concerned we've assembled a very strong squad for the game against Scotland. We are very mindful that Scotland - who are at home - will be just like the men. They will provide a real test up front so it's important we meet that physicality up front in order we get a good platform to play the sort of game we want to play.
"Scotland know we play a game with a bit more width and we'll be trying to establish that regardless of the weather."
Lewis has named an experienced squad for the clash against Scotland with just one new cap, wing Ali Wright while inspirational captain Mellissa Berry will lead out the side for a 50th time in her 70th international.
"Mel is probably playing some of the best rugby of her career," said Lewis. "She is really on fire at the moment. She is a tremendous player and a tremendous captain in all senses. She ticks most of the boxes in the traits you look for in a captain."
Wales Women (v Scotland) - Sunday 8th February 2009 - Meggatland, Edinburgh (KO midday)
15 Non Evans (Cardiff Quins)
14 Louise Rickard (Woodbridge Amazones)
13 Rachel Poolman (UWIC)
12 Clare Flowers (Bristol Ladies)
11 Ali Wright (Lichfield)
10 Naomi Thomas (Bristol ladies)
9 Amy Day (UWIC)
1 Hannah Roberts (UWIC)
2 Rhian Bowden (UWIC)
3 Jenny Davies (Waterloo)
4 Gemma Hallett (Pontyclun)
5 Louise Horgan (Saracens)
6 Catrina Nicholas (Cardiff Quins)
7 Jamie Kift (Bristol Ladies)
8 Mellissa Berry (Bristol Ladies - capt)
Replacements: 16 Claire Horgan (Saracens)
17 Rachel Taylor (Cardiff Quins)
18 Claire Donovan (Saracens)
19 Carys John (UWIC)
20 Laura Prosser (Pontyclun)
21 Awen Thomas (Cardiff Quins)
22 Aimee Young (UWIC)
The Welsh Rugby Union is forming a new Youth Board with a brief to help keep more young people involved in the game during their late teenage years and beyond. The first task of the fifteen strong Board will be to analyse and consider the issues which lead to a number of youngsters drifting away from the sport between the ages of 16 and 21. To apply visit www.wru.wales/youthboard
The Foster's Challenge Cup will involve the 12 Principality Premiership sides and will run during European and British & Irish Cup weeks, providing vital fixtures for the participating clubs and an opportunity for upcoming players to step up to semi-professional rugby and make a claim for starting places within the Premiership squads.
Eighty schools and colleges in Wales now have a full time rugby officer as part of the WRU's school club hub scheme. All of the school club hub officers recently gathered at the National Centre of Excellence for various workshops.
With Liam Williams forced out of the World Cup through injury, lock Luke Charteris and Skills Coach Neil Jenkins say they have to put yesterday's defeat behind them as Wales now look ahead to another physical encounter against South Africa in the quarter-finals of the Rugby World Cup.
WRU Consultant Head of Physical Performance Paul Stridgeon praises the Physical Performance department for their work and dedication as he addresses the media ahead of Wales' Pool A clash against Australia
Twelve young people have been selected to follow a one year WRU Coach Core apprenticeship programme. Coach Core was set up by the Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry as part of the Olympics legacy in 2012 and the Duke of Cambridge was on hand to meet the apprentices on their first day in the job. The programme has been funded by the Hunter Foundation.
The WRU has launched a campaign to create a long term legacy for Welsh club rugby by highlighting the advantages of volunteering. Rhian Edwards, a volunteer at Seven Sisters, has enjoyed many benefits of her volunteering at a grassroots rugby club including being part of the Rugby World Cup volunteer workforce after being nominated by the WRU - and the WRU is asking for more people to develop their 'Welsh rugby roots'.