WORCESTER hooker Carys Philips and Sale Sharks scrum half Jess Roberts have been called up to the Wales Women squad for the autumn campaign.

Former captain Phillips joined training on Wednesday evening (Oct 27) while Roberts will join this weekend’s camp.

Head coach Ioan Cunningham said: “Both Carys and Jess have been performing well for their clubs Worcester and Sale Sharks, they fully deserve to be called in. They will add real quality and strength in depth to our options at scrum half and hooker as we build towards the Rugby World Cup.

“A year out from the world cup, we want to expose as many players as possible to our environment so that they are comfortable with our practices and structures and in order to increase competition within the squad, which is always vital to raising standards.”

Wales Women autumn squad:

Forwards: Siwan Lillicrap (capt), Alisha Butchers, Alex Callender, Bethan Dainton, Kat Evans, Cerys Hale, Cara Hope, Gwen Crabb, Abbie Fleming, Georgia Evans, Natalia John, Madi Johns, Manon Johnes, Molly Kelly, Bethan Lewis, Robyn Lock, Liliana Podpadec, Carys Phillips, Gwenllian Pyrs, Donna Rose, Caryl Thomas

Backs: Keira Bevan, Leanne Burnell, Hannah Jones, Jasmine Joyce, Jess Kavanagh, Courtney Keight, Kerin Lake, Caitlin Lewis, Ffion Lewis, Jade Mullen, Lisa Neumann, Jess Roberts, Elinor Snowsill, Niamh Terry, Flo Williams, Megan Webb, Robyn Wilkins

Tickets are now on sale for Wales Women’s autumn games via www.wru.wales/waleswomen

Wales Women autumn series

Sunday, Nov 7 – 5pm Wales Womens v Japan

Saturday, Nov 13 – 12.15pm Wales Womens v SA

Sunday, Nov 21 – 5pm Wales Womens v Canada