Scotland Women Face Belgians

Scotland Women will look to continue on their prolific try-scoring form when they match up against Belgium in their FIRA Championship Pool A match in Enkoping, Sweden tomorrow (Wednesday 20 May).
 
There is one change from the 84-0 victory over Russia with Erin Kerr replacing Suzi Newton at inside centre.

 

Although Scotland face a side that went down 100-0 to Pool A rivals Holland, coach, Jamie Dempsey, is careful not to underestimate his opponents:
 
“We have wrung some changes on the bench but these changes have been based on performance and not by a necessity to blood squad members.
 
“There are small margins for error at this level and the clinical finishing and expansive rugby we showed against Russia denoted the winning mentality throughout the squad.
 
“It is the experience of winning that is vital.” 
 
Front-row forward Roz Murphy will earn her first cap for Scotland Women if she makes an appearance on Wednesday whilst Emma Evans also could also mark the occasion with her first run out this year.
 
Victoria Blakebrough has been drafted onto the bench with Ellen Beattie, Keri Holdsworth and Louise Dalgleish all dropping from the 22.

Scotland squad to face Belgium in Stockholm, Sweden, on Wednesday 20th May (kick-off 4pm)
 
15 Lucy Millard (Murrayfield Wanderers) vice-captain
 
14 Cara d’Silva (RHC)
13 Laura Steven (Murrayfield Wanderers)
12 Erin Kerr (Richmond)
11 Veronica Fitzpatrick (RHC)
 
10 Tanya Griffith (RHC)
9 Sarah Gill (Murrayfield Wanderers)
 
1 Heather Lockhart (Hillhead / Jordanhill)
2 Sarah-Louise Walker (Watsonians)
3 Beth Dickens (Murrayfield Wanderers)
4 Lana Blyth (Murrayfield Wanderers)
5 Lindsay Wheeler (Team Northumbria / Blaydon)
6 Lynne Reid (RHC) captain
8 Susie Brown (Hillhead / Jordanhill)
7 Donna Kennedy (Worcester)
 
Replacements
16 Sarah Quick (Murrayfield Wanderers)
17 Roz Murphy (Edinburgh University)
18 Louise Moffat (Kirkcaldy)
19 Ruth Slaven (Murrayfield Wanderers)
20 Emma Evans (Watsonians)
21 Suzi Newton (Team Northumbria / Blaydon)
22 Victoria Blakebrough (Richmond)

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FIRA European Championship – the winner of each pool will be qualified to WRWC 2010 (no knock-out stage)
 
Pool A
Scotland (5th in 6 Nations)
Netherlands
Russia
Belgium 

Pool B
Italy (6th in 6 Nations)
Spain
Sweden
Germany
 
FIRA European Championship schedule (times are local)
Scotland Women v Belgium Wednesday 20 May (kick-off 4pm)
Scotland Women v Netherlands Saturday 23 May (kick-off 1pm)