Wales’ women’s Hockey coach names his side ahead of French Test series

Head Coach for Wales’ women’s Hockey side, Kevin Johnson has officially announced his twenty-two, travelling to Antibes, France later this month. A blend of returning and new faces, the squad offers a mix of both youth and experience.

In their first competitive fixture of the year, Wales will take on their French counterparts in a three match test series between Tuesday 26th February and Friday 1st March.

Wales last came up against France back in 2016 during World League Round held on their home soil of Douai. Wales won their game 4-1, securing second place in the tournament and promotion to Round 2.

This time together in France will provide important preparation time ahead of the FIH Hockey Series Finals due to be held in Valencia this coming June. The Hockey Series Finals will see Wales go head to head with mainly higher-ranking teams, meaning time together in the build up is crucial.

Johnson told us:

“I’m really looking forward to us playing some test matches again after coming together for some very positive national training camps in December, January and February. I am expecting France to offer a real challenge to us and therefore it will be an opportunity to test some of the strategies that we have been working on.”

The series will see both Lizzie Jones and Sara Rebecca Davies earn their first caps, as well as a returning appearance from Sophie Robinson.

“It is always a proud moment to reward players with their 1st caps for the National team so I’m delighted to see Lizzie Jones and Sara Davies selected for this series and their first capped experience. Lizzie has made an impact after recently joining our programme and Sara has come up through our junior ranks and performed well at the recent European U21 indoor championships. I am very pleased also to see Sophie Robinson back in a Wales shirt after a long absence. Sophie brings an extra threat to our front-line attack and has demonstrated over the years a natural ability to both generate goal shots and score goals.”

Squad:

Beth Bingham
Hannah Cozens
Sara Rebecca Davies
Cari Davies
Sian French (Vice-Captain)
Izzie Howell
Xenna Hughes
Caro Hulme
Ella Jackson
Lizzie Jones
Danni Jordan
Megan Lewis-Williams
Phoebe Richards
Sophie Robinson
Jess Roe
Emily Rowlands
Rose Thomas
Sarah-Jayne Thorburn
Izzy Webb
Jo Westwood
Julie Whiting
Leah Wilkinson (Captain)

 

Upcoming Fixtures:

  • Tuesday 26th February: France vs. Wales @ 15:00
  • Wednesday 27th February: France vs. Wales @ 15:00
  • Friday 1st March: France vs. Wales @ 11:00

You can stay up to date with the series results here or follow Welsh Hockey on Twitter and Facebook.

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