WALES have made six changes for the ultimate test in the Women’s Six Nations against England in Bristol.

Head coach Ioan Cunningham has freshened up his side for the short trip to Ashton Gate on Saturday (kick-off 4.45pm) after their opening weekend defeat to Scotland.

Hooker Carys Phillips and tighthead Donna Rose come into the front row, Georgia Evans starts at lock while Kate Williams comes into the back row.

Scrum-half Sian Jones makes her first start after a debut off the bench against the Scots while Carys Cox gets the nod on the left wing.

Wales are aiming to bounce back after a disappointing display in the 20-18 loss at Cardiff Arms Park in round one against and English side that eased to a 48-0 win in Italy despite Sarah Beckett’s red card after 11 minutes.

Cunningham, said: “We have made six changes to face England in Bristol and are under no illusions of the challenge facing us.

“We have strength in depth in the squad and this is an opportunity for the players selected to show what they can do.

“We need to focus on what we do and we had a robust review of the Scotland game and the players identified the areas that we have to improve on for this weekend’s Test match.

“Carys Phillips and Donna Rose know the challenge we face up front, and Georgia Evans’ made an impact when she came on against Scotland.

“Flanker Kate Williams has trained well and been pushing for a place and deserves an opportunity to start.

“Sian Jones is very much part of this squad and a player we believe has a big future on the international stage.

“Carys Cox has been selected on the wing and has impressed since we came together as a squad.

“We have some real experience on the bench, and we expect them to make an impact but we are relishing the challenge we face on Saturday.

“England are the benchmark side for every nation in the women’s game and we have nothing to lose against a team that won the Grand Slam last season.

“All of this Wales squad play their club rugby in England, which is recognised as the best league in the world and we know they can compete at this level and are facing players they play against and train with, week in and week out.”

Wales: Jenny Hesketh; Jasmine Joyce, Hannah Jones (captain), Kerin Lake, Carys Cox; Lleucu George, Sian Jones; Gwenllian Pyrs, Carys Phillips, Donna Rose, Abbie Fleming, Georgia Evans, Kate Williams, Alex Callender (vice-captain), Bethan Lewis.

Replacements: Kelsey Jones, Abby Constable, Sisilia Tuipulotu, Natalia John, Alisha Butchers, Keira Bevan, Kayleigh Powell, Nel Metcalfe.