A raft of players that led the charge for Wales in the 2019 Women’s Six Nations are set to go for glory at Principality Stadium once again.
Swansea and Pontyclun Falcons go head-to-head in the Welsh Super Cup Final on Friday night, with the season’s showpiece being held at the home of Welsh rugby for the very first time.
The former will line up with a number of full internationals in their side, including captain Siwan Lillicrap, player-coach Kerin Lake, Keira Bevan, prop Cara Hope and centre Hannah Jones, who starts on the bench.
Lillicrap said: “Pontyclun have beaten us twice in the league already this season.
“They are a very tight group, they’ve got some good players, and they’ll be looking to do the double.
“We have been a victim of our own success in many ways this season with regional and international call-ups, so it’s been hard to get that continuity but we’ve prepared well for this one.
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“There have been positives, too – for example, we have blooded a lot of new players into the group.
“We are very well supported by Swansea Rugby Club and we’re determined to bring some silverware home.
“We’ve got some travelling support and hopefully supporters of women’s rugby will come out to enjoy the occasion.”
Pontyclun will provide fearsome opposition.
They topped the Women’s Premiership table and will be looking to make the most of their chance to shine in Cardiff.
“It’s a really exciting for us all. The girls have worked hard all season to be rewarded with his opportunity and they couldn’t be more ready,” said coach Lisa Newton.
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“I think it will be a good game of rugby deserving of the venue and occasion.
“I know Swansea have their internationals back, so we are seen as underdogs, but we are quietly confident we can take it to them.
“The main thing is to produce a good performance for women’s rugby.”
Before the Super Cup Final, Cardiff Quins Girls take on Pencoed Phoenix in the Under-18s Final.