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Wales captain says Canada experience will prove invaluable

WALES Women squad captain Siwan Lillicrap believes the training week in Halifax and Test against Canada will prove invaluable over the next couple of months.

Wales are preparing for the forthcoming Rugby World Cup in New Zealand and although they are disappointed with Saturday’s 31-3 result, the over-riding feeling in the camp is the chance the week has provided for players and coaches to test themselves.

Lillicrap said, “It was so important to have a hit-out against quality opposition like Canada.
“We’ve had our first proper pre-season as professional athletes and it was vital to measure ourselves in a Test match situation at this stage of our prep for the world cup.

“We will take a lot of learning from the match and the whole week. Our set-piece improved compared to our training session against Canada on Tuesday, we need to improve our urgency in contact, we allowed Canada too many turnovers but there were lots of positives and lots of things to work on.

“It was a great benchmark for us. Defensively we looked comfortable mostly but we didn’t take the scoring opportunities we had so we will need to work on that. Lots to work on but lots of positives.

“It’s been really valuable to train together, away from home for a week. We learned a lot about each other, I’m excited about the journey we’re on over the next few weeks before we get on the plane to New Zealand.

“I’m really proud of the first caps, they are well deserved by all three and other girls had important opportunities too.

“We have more strength in depth in the squad than I’ve ever experienced which is exactly what we need to give the coaches selection headaches for the world cup.”