Wales women confirm World Cup warmup Test in Canada for August

Carys Phillips
Carys Phillips, a Wales hooker, celebrates scoring a touchdown against Canada at the 2021 autumn internationals

As part of Rugby World Cup preparations, women from Wales will be traveling to Canada this summer.

Before taking on the Canucks at Halifax on 27 August, they will be participating in a week-long training camp.

Wales came in third place in the Six Nations tournament, their best result since 2009.

“A Test match against Canada (currently third in the world) will be a tremendous help,” stated Ioan Cunningham, head coach of Wales.

“It is about challenging ourselves to play the best parts in the world.

“We feel we are in a training camp far from home. We will need to adapt to time zones and learn a different environment to help us settle into New Zealand when it arrives in September.”

An England warm-up is also planned.

Before facing Australia and the hosts, Wales will face Scotland in their World Cup match on 9 October.

Cunningham is determined to continue making progress over the summer. He said: “We are already excited about getting started on World Cup preparations, and being able to build upon our progress so far this year.

“We were all disappointed that we didn't win against Italy but there are positives to be taken from the last few month.

“Our win over Ireland and Scotland was due to our improved fitness, as well as our victory against Italy which resulted in a loss bonus point.

“Our entire squad played a key role in this success. This year we have increased our strength in depth and no longer depend on our starting XV.

In the 2021 autumn series, Wales faced Canada in Cardiff. The visitors made a second-half comeback. win the game 24-7Deny Wales what would be a major scalp.

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