DECIDING which of his players will be offered contracts is now the priority for Wales Women head coach Ioan Cunningham after a hugely successful autumn campaign.

Following wins over Japan – their first in two years – and South Africa, Wales led Canada for almost an hour before the world’s third best team came back from a red card to take the spoils.

With a chance to move back into the top 10 in the world rankings with a third win, the home side played with passion, pride and precision throughout the first half.

They rocked the visitors with their physicality and skill and were good value for their 7-0 interval lead at Cardiff Arms Park.

Wales earned an early advantage when Tyson Beukeboom received a yellow card, and seconds later hooker Carys Phillips powered over for her fourth try of the month off the back of a driving lineout.

Elinor Snowsill added the extras and Wales were flying.

Their cause was helped further when Canada captain Olivia DeMarchant was sent off for a dangerous tackle.

But the visitors showed their mettle and Courtney Holtkamp, DaLeaka Menin, Sabrina Poulin and Ngalula Fuamba crossed to take the game away from Wales.

“I thought we were excellent for the first 40, maybe 50 minutes, then their bench made a big difference,” said Cunningham.

“We’ve got great learnings to take from the game and the girls have been excellent throughout this campaign.

“It has been excellent putting the new structures in place, a new coaching group, spending quality time together as a team and improving from Japan and South Africa.

“I’m happy with the whole campaign.”

Skipper Siwan Lillicrap added: "Canada are a good outfit, they're not third in the world for no reason, they come here with fire in their belly and when they had that red card they went to another level.

"We needed to raise it at that point, but I'm immensely proud of the girls and how far we've come in just a short space of time."

There was a special moment at the end of the game when Wales centre Hannah Jones was proposed to in front of her team-mates by her now fiancée, Llandovery and Italy U20 prop Dino Dallavalle.