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Rugby World - - STEPHEN JONES -

Kong the fol­low­ing Fri­day at 7pm and Canada on 24 Novem­ber (11.30am).

The Satur­day kick-offs are early but do al­low sup­port­ers to take in both the women’s match and the men’s Tests at the Prin­ci­pal­ity Sta­dium next door. And with ticket prices at just £5 for adults and £1 for U16s, they will be look­ing to pull in de­cent crowds.

Coach Row­land Phillips has used the Women’s Re­gional Cham­pi­onship, which in­volves Cardiff Blues, Dragons, Os­preys, Scar­lets and RGC 1404, to de­ter­mine his Wales squad for the Novem­ber fix­tures. He has also brought in for­mer Os­preys and Dragons hooker Hugh Gustafson as for­wards coach. Shane Wil­liams and Elen Evans. Elen is the same po­si­tion as me and is world class. I as­pire to

be the player she is

It would have to be peo­ple who are funny. Keith Le­mon. Rita Ora. And the Queen!

Joyce, who has im­pressed for Scar­lets, is pleased to see a mean­ing­ful fix­ture list. “I didn’t play in the au­tumn last year, when we had friendlies against Scot­land and the Armed Forces. They weren’t capped, more warm-up games (for the Six Na­tions). These will be awe­some In­ter­na­tion­als. I’d love to play in them.”

There are other goals, too. Not least the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. This sea­son’s Women’s World Sev­ens Series dou­bles as an Olympic qual­i­fier, with Eng­land hav­ing the re­spon­si­bil­ity of try­ing to guar­an­tee Team GB a place.

For now, though, Joyce is look­ing to put her pace to good use on the ar­ti­fi­cial turf at Cardiff Arms Park.

Scot­land have ap­pointed two new as­sis­tant coaches for the sea­son – sev­ens coach Scott For­rest (de­fence) and Bryan Eas­son (at­tack), who works at the Scot­tish Rugby Academy.

Ire­land head coach Adam Griggs has se­lected three de­vel­op­ment play­ers – Beib­hinn Par­sons (be­low), Daisy Earle and Aoib­heann Reilly – in his squad for the Novem­ber Tests against USA and Eng­land.

There has been a 14.6% in­crease in fe­male play­ing num­bers in New Zealand in 2018, with the num­ber of reg­is­tered play­ers in the coun­try now 27,838.

The Tyrrells Premier 15s fi­nal will be played at Franklin’s Gar­dens on Satur­day 27 April. There is an early-bird ticket of­fer of £5 for adults – see eng­lan­­ets for info.


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