Six Nations 2014: Wales' Taylor backs her team's fitness

Wales captain Rachel Taylor

England Women v Wales Women

Venue:
The Stoop, Twickenham
Date:
Friday, 7 March
Kick-off:
19:30 GMT
Coverage:
Live online commentary, highlights on Scrum V, Sunday, 9 March from 21:45 GMT

Wales captain Rachel Taylor has warned England that her team's fitness is "much improved" ahead of their Six Nations match.

Wales have only beaten England once in their history, when a Non Evans penalty led to an upset in 2009.

Taylor says Wales will not be an easy target when the teams meet on Friday, in spite of losing all three of their games so far this season.

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"I think our physicality and our fitness is much improved," she said.

"There's a few things that we're working on to try and get outside of their defence, and that will be something we'll focus on again tonight in training."

Wales have yet to record a victory in the Six Nations this year, having lost 12-11 to Italy, 14-6 to Ireland and most recently 27-0 to France.

England come into the game on the back of a narrow win over Ireland.

Wales Women:

Elen Evans (Waterloo); Ffion Bowen (Maesteg Celtic), Robyn Wilkins (Llandaff North), Rebecca de Filippo (Bristol Ladies), Philippa Tuttiett (Bristol Ladies); Elinor Snowsill (Bristol Ladies), Amy Day (Llandaff North); Jenny Davies (Waterloo), Lowri Harries (Neath Athletic), Catrin Edwards (Bristol Ladies), Rachel Taylor (capt; Bristol Ladies), Shona Powell Hughes Harries (Neath Athletic), Catrina Nicholas (Llandaff North), Sioned Harries (Llandaff North, Nia Davies (Cardiff Met).

Replacements:

Carys Phillips (Bristol Ladies), Megan York (Blaenau Gwent), Caryl Thomas (Bath Ladies), Jenny Hawkins (Llandaff North), Sian Williams (Worcester Ladies), Sian Moore (Bristol Ladies), Laurie Harries (Llandaff North), Elli Norkett (Neath Athletic).

England Women:

Emily Scarratt (Lichfield), Katherine Merchant (Worcester), Amber Reed (Bristol), Rachael Burford (Thurrock), Kay Wilson (Bristol), Katy Mclean (capt; Darlington), La Toya Mason (Wasps), Rochelle Clark (Worcester), Emma Croker (Richmond), Sophie Hemming (Bristol), Rebecca Essex (Richmond), Tamara Taylor (Darlington), Marlie Packer (Wasps), Margaret Alphonsi (Saracens), Sarah Hunter (Lichfield).

Replacements:

Victoria Fleetwood (Lichfield), Natasha Hunt (Lichfield), Sasha Acheson (Bristol), Laura Keates (Worcester), Ceri Large (Worcester), Joanne McGilchrist (Wasps), Hannah Gallagher (Saracens), Natasha Brennan (Richmond)

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