Women's rugby: Carys Phillips to lead Wales against Scotland

Carys Phillips
Carys Phillips in action against Italy in the Six Nations
Rugby Union: Wales Women v Scotland Women
Venue: Cardiff Arms Park Date: Saturday, 29 October Kick-off: 12:00 BST
Coverage: Report on BBC Sport online, mobile, the BBC Sport app and Connected TV. Highlights on Scrum V, BBC Two Wales, Sunday 30 October.

Carys Phillips will captain Wales women against Scotland at Cardiff Arms Park on Saturday.

Phillips will lead the team in her father Rowland Phillips' first game since being appointed head coach.

The hooker, who was captain against Scotland in February, lines up in an experienced front-row completed by props Caryl Thomas and Meg York.

"We've had a very good couple of weeks in camp, so there have been some tough selections," said Rowland Phillips.

"The aim is for everyone to get some game time with a fixture against the UK Armed Forces also to come on Remembrance Day."

Wales play UK Armed Forces on Friday, 11 November.

Carys Phillips steps into the captaincy in the absence of Rachel Taylor who is injured, with the coach explaining it was a natural solution to the problem.

"The situation is Carys was captain last year against Scotland when Rachel Taylor wasn't available and it was highlighted last season that she was part of succession plan around the captaincy," said Rowland Phillips.

"So it just made sense that if you have a player in the squad who's captained the country in the squad that they can step up.

"Any awkwardness will come from outside - it's what other people would want to highlight.

"I've coached not only my daughter but my son as well - it's not a new experience, but we'll do things the right way and at the end of the day it's what's best for the team is my priority."

Wales: Dyddgu Hywel; Charlie Murray, Kerin Lake, Rebecca De Filippo, Ffion Bowen; Elinor Snowsill, Sian Moore; Caryl Thomas, Carys Phillips (c), Meg York, Siwan Lillicrap, Rebecca Rowe, Alisha Butchers, Sioned Harries, Shona Powell-Hughes.

Replacements: Morfudd Ifans, Cerys Hale, Amy Evans, Mel Clay, Sian Williams, Adi Taviner, Jodie Evans, Keira Bevan, Gemma Rowland, Hannah Jones, Jess Kavanagh-Williams, Rosie Fletcher

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