Moore starts at scrum-half for Wales

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Sian Moore came off the bench for Wales in their opening Women’s Rugby World Cup loss to New Zealand
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Wales make two changes to their starting side for the Women’s Rugby World Cup pool match against Canada on Sunday (17:00 BST) at Billings Park.

Sian Moore starts at scrum-half, having featured as a replacement in their opening 44-12 defeat by New Zealand, with Keira Bevan dropping to the bench.

Jess Kavanagh-Williams starts on the left wing in place of Jasmine Joyce.

“We’ll be looking to cut out the unforced errors against Canada,” said Wales coach Rowland Phillips.

“We’ve spoken a lot about taking positives out of the game against New Zealand and that’s something we’ve been working on in the build-up to tomorrow’s [Sunday]match.”

Two changes among the replacements see hooker Morfudd Ifans in line to win her first cap if she takes the field, and back row Shona Powell-Hughes selected after returning to fitness following injury in a warm-up match.

Canada beat Hong Kong 98-0 in their opening pool match and coach Francois Ratier makes just one change in personnel.

Julianne Zussman returns at full-back to win her 40th cap, with Elissa Alarie moving to the wing to replace Frederique Rajotte.


Wales: Dyddgu Hywel (Scarlets); Elen Evans (RGC), Gemma Rowland (Dragons), Hannah Jones (Scarlets), Jess Kavanagh-Williams (Scarlets); Elinor Snowsill (Dragons), Sian Moore (Dragons); Caryl Thomas (Scarlets) Carys Phillips, (Ospreys, capt), Amy Evans (Ospreys), Rebecca Rowe (Dragons), Mel Clay (Ospreys), Alisha Butchers (Scarlets), Rachel Taylor (RGC), Sioned Harries (Scarlets)

Replacements: Morfudd Ifans (Scarlets), Cerys Hale (Dragons), Meg York (Dragons), Siwan Lillicrap (Ospreys), Shona Powell-Hughes (Ospreys), Keira Bevan (Ospreys), Robyn Wilkins (Ospreys), Jodie Evans (Scarlets).

Canada: Julianne Zussman (Castaway Wanderers); Magali Harvey (Club de Rugby de Quebec), Alex Tessier (Montreal Barbarians), Andrea Burk (Capilano), Elissa Alarie (Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue/Westshore); Emily Belchos (Westshore), Lori Josephson (Aurora Barbarians); Carolyn McEwen (Burnaby Lake), Laura Russell (Toronto Nomads/Cowichan), DaLeaka Menin (Calgary Hornets), Kayla Mack (Saskatoon Wild Oats), Latoya Blackwood (Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue/Westshore), Jacey Grusnick (Barrhaven Scottish), Karen Paquin (Club de Rugby de Quebec/Castaway Wanderers), Kelly Russell (capt, Toronto Nomads/Cowichan).

Replacements: Jane Kirby (Highland Fergus), Brittany Kassil (Guelph Redcoats), Olivia DeMerchant (Woodstock Wildmen/Castaway Wanderers), Tyson Beukeboom (Aurora Barbarians/Cowichan), Barbara Mervin (Westshore), Chelsea Guthrie (Stratchona Druids), Amanda Thornborough (Westshore), Brittany Waters (Meraloma Athletic Club/Castaway Wanderers).

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