Women's Sport: Wales captain Siwan Lillicrap "confident" her young side can beat France

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Wales’ captain, Siwan Lillicrap, believes her side will be able to end their winless run with victory over France this weekend as the women’s Six Nations arrives in Cardiff.

Lillicrap said she was “excited” for the upcoming clash with Les Bleues on Sunday and “confident” that her side would be able to beat the top four side.

The second-row captain admitted that the size of the French side presented the biggest challenge, but that her squad's training would leave them equipped to beat them.

"It will be a step up, they're a big side, they're going to come over here to look to win as every team does.

"But I'm confident with the things we worked on last week. We also need to remember where we are as a squad and how many new caps we had in the autumns.

The Welsh side has been made even younger with head coach Geraint Lewis choosing to include Six Nations debutants 19-year-old Megan Webb and 20-year-old Caitlin Lewis alongside Bethan Lewis and Georgia Evans.

"We're hopefully going to continue to get better and better each game. For me as a captain what is really rewarding is the girls' want and desire to learn and take on board what the coaches are saying,” Lillicrap said in a pre-match press conference.

Head coach Geraint Lewis explained that the decision to include a number of younger players in the squad for Sunday's match was part of a wider plan to prepare for next year's World Cup in New Zealand.

"Sunday's game is a fantastic opportunity to play against quality opposition at our home. A number of our players are in the infancy of their international careers and opportunities like this are invaluable ahead of the World Cup."

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