West’s women’s rugby squad ready for a second World Cup
It was only a couple of months ago that the Wests women’s team were sitting in the dark after their second successive World Cup campaign.
But for now, they are in the process of building towards a potential tournament appearance.
It was a year ago that Australia and France were locked in a bitter three-match series in Cardiff, and that led to a major overhaul of the West’s squad in the aftermath.
After a long-term slump in form, the squad was heavily criticised and replaced by a younger, stronger squad that could potentially challenge for a place in the tournament.
With the squad now set to embark on a two-year rebuilding programme, it is understood that the team will be bolstered in the months ahead.
Wests coach David Denton is determined to bring in the best in the pool stage, and has indicated that the players he has brought in to the squad are among the most important.
Denton has indicated a desire to bring back the players who started to struggle with injury at the start of last season.
A number of former players, including Courtney Lawes and Ashley Harrison, are now looking to return to the side, while some of the younger players like Hayley Wahlberg, Kieran Foran, Laura Kavanagh, Chloe Haylett-Petty and the team’s new recruit Emma Davies are all looking to play a bigger part for the club.
One player who has been linked with a move away from the West is hooker Lucy Smith, who is set to leave the West for the Dragons this summer.
The Wests are also expected to bring their full squad to training this week, with players set to arrive at the club’s training ground on Wednesday morning for a meeting with coach Denton and assistant coach Robyn Walker.
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