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Berry targets win over Scotland

Evans takes stock and targets Scotland

Wales Women's captain Melissa Berry hopes to mark her 70th cap and 50th appearance as skipper with victory against Scotland on Sunday.

The number eight leads a team with a core of experienced players, but which also includes wing debutant Ali Wright.

Head coach Jason Lewis said: "Mel is probably playing some of the best rugby of her career.

"She is really on fire at the moment. She is a tremendous player and a tremendous captain in all senses."

Lewis has set a target of finishing in the top three of Women's Six Nations tournament to gain automatic qualification for next year's Rugby World Cup in England.

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Victory against Scotland at Meggatland [1200 GMT] would be a boost to those hopes.

France and England have already qualified for the tournament which means Wales face a daunting challenge if they are to guarantee an early qualification spot.

Lewis explains: "We will need to do something we have never done before and that is to go to France and beat them on their own soil.

"I believe we've got a realistic chance of achieving that.

"With England and France having already gained automatic qualification for next year's World Cup, we have to ensure we finish the Six Nations campaign ahead of Scotland, Italy and Ireland."

Lewis added: "They [Scotland] will provide a real test up front so it's important we meet that physicality up front in order we get a good platform to play the sort of game we want to play.

"Scotland know we play a game with a bit more width and we'll be trying to establish that regardless of the weather."


Wales women: Non Evans; Louise Rickard, Rachel Poolman, Clare Flowers, Ali Wright; Naomi Thomas Amy Day; Hannah Roberts, Rhian Bowden, Jenny Davies, Gemma Hallett, Louise Horgan, Catrina Nicholas, Jamie Kift, Mellissa Berry (capt). Replacements: Claire Horgan, Rachel Taylor, Claire Donovan, Carys John, Laura Prosser, Awen Thomas, Aimee Young.

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