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Abrahams targets big Ireland clash

Wales Women's head coach Warren Abrahams

Abrahams targets big Ireland clash

Wales Women’s head coach Warren Abrahams is confident his side will get back on track against a strong Ireland outfit on Saturday. 

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The noise coming out of the Ireland camp is they are the fastest, fittest, and strongest they’ve ever been ahead of their clash with Wales at Cardiff Arms Park.

But Abrahams insists his side will be fully focused on themselves instead of worrying too much about the opposition.

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Wales full-back Robyn Wilkins will win her 50th cap against Ireland

“When you step out on to the pitch it’s an equal playing field,” Abrahams said.

“We can only focus on the stuff we can do. If we keep believing in our process, ourselves, and the people around us then the rest will look after itself.

“We’ve got a game under our belt and we’ve learnt some really good lessons. It’s going to come down to the team that’s most adaptable and wants it the most.

“The team that plays is tactically smart enough will come out on top.”

Robyn Wilkins

Robyn Wilkins will win her 50th cap on Saturday against Ireland

We’ve got a game under our belt and we’ve learnt some really good lessons. It’s going to come down to the team that’s most adaptable and wants it the most

Wales started their Six Nations campaign with a 53-0 defeat in France.

This weekend will be Ireland’s first Test match in this season’s Women’s Six Nations.

Abrahams admits his side have a lot to work on, but has seen enough in training to suggest they can bounce back.

“The pressure is only the pressure we put on ourselves,” he said.

“The result will look after itself. We’ve got to go back to the drawing board.

“If we want to compete at this level, we’ve got to dominate the collisions.

“You’ve got to give yourself go forward and you’ve got to give yourself a platform to play from. We’ve got another opportunity again this weekend and hopefully we can step things up.

“The girls are all raring to go again. When you go through these tough situations, and we all agree it was a pretty painful experience, it’s going to make us better.

“When you put on this Wales badge, the players don’t need any extra motivation.

“They all pick themselves individually up and take responsibility for their actions.”

Wales: Robyn Wilkins (Gloucester-Hartpury); Lisa Neumann (Sale Sharks), Hannah Jones (Gloucester-Hartpury), Kerin Lake (Gloucester-Hartpury), Courtney Keight (Bristol Bears); Elinor Snowsill (Bristol Bears), Jess Roberts (Sale Sharks); Cara Hope (Gloucester-Hartpury), Kelsey Jones (Gloucester-Hartpury), Cerys Hale (Gloucester-Hartpury), Natalia John (Bristol Bears), Gwen Crabb (Gloucester-Hartpury), Georgia Evans (Saracens), Manon Johnes (Bristol Bears), Siwan Lillicrap (capt, Bristol Bears)

Replacements: Molly Kelly (Sale Sharks), Caryl Thomas (Worcester Warriors), Donna Rose (Saracens), Teleri Wyn Davies (Sale Sharks), Bethan Dainton (Harlequins), Megan Davies (Exeter Chiefs), Niamh Terry (Exeter Chiefs), Caitlin Lewis (Cardiff Met)

Ireland: Eimear Considine (Munster); Lauren Delany (Sale Sharks), Eve Higgins (Leinster), Sene Naoupu (Leinster), Beibhinn Parsons (Connacht); Hannah Tyrrell (Leinster), Kathryn Dane (Ulster); Lindsay Peat (Leinster), Cliodhna Moloney (Wasps), Linda Djougang (Leinster), Aoife McDermott (Leinster), Nichola Fryday (Connacht), Dorothy Wall (Munster), Claire Molloy (Wasps), Ciara Griffin (Munster).

Replacements: Neve Jones (Ulster), Katie O’Dwyer (Leinster), Laura Feely (Connacht), Brittany Hogan (Ulster), Hannah O’Connor (Leinster), Emily Lane (Munster), Stacey Flood (Leinster), Enya Breen (Munster).

When you put on this Wales badge, the players don’t need any extra motivation

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