Scotland Women Set For Irish Challenge

As the midpoint of this season's RBS 6 Nations approaches, head coach Karen Findlay has stirred up selection in the Scotland Women's side who take on Ireland Women on Saturday 26 February at Lasswade kick-off 2pm, admission free) at which prop, Heather Lockhart, will make her 50th Test appearance for the national team.

Following defeat in their second match against Wales last weekend, Findlay said: "We're looking to try and improve on that performance and see what a few new different combinations can achieve, given that several players have an opportunity against Ireland to show us what they can do.

Pictured: Lindsey Wheeler scoring against Wales last weekend
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"Ros Murphy is starting in the second-row with Lindsay Wheeler, and the different configuration in the backline will be interesting to watch with Lisa Martin stepping in at stand-off with Steph Johnson and Annabel [Sergeant] as the centre combination. That backline unit of three looked exciting in training!

"Lauren Harris gets her first start in this competition on the wing, and again is an exciting prospect."
While under no illusions that this is going to be another tough match, with Ireland putting in a tremendous defensive effort to narrowly lose out to France last week, Findlay knows how much Scotland learned from their opening match against the French.

"This weekend will again be a test to see if we have improved on the areas in our defence that we have spent time working on, so it's key that the players show they've taken on board what we've talked about and put that into practice in the match."

Scotland Women v Ireland Women, Saturday 26 February at Lasswade (kick-off 2pm)
Victoria Blakebrough (Richmond)
14 Lauren Harris (Aberdeenshire Quines)
13 Annabel Sergeant (Dundee University)
12 Steph Johnston (Hillhead / Jordanhill)
11 Katy Green (Murrayfield Wanderers)
10 Lisa Martin (Murrayfield Wanderers)
9 Louise Dalgliesh (RHC Cougars)
1 Heather Lockhart (Hillhead / Jordanhill)
2 Lindsey Smith (Hillhead / Jordanhill)
3 Tracy Balmer (Worcester)
4 Rosalind Murphy (Edinburgh University)
5 Lindsay Wheeler (Darlington Mowden Sharks)
6 Charlotte Veale (London Wasps)
7 Ruth Slaven (Murrayfield Wanderers)
8 Susie Brown (Richmond)

Alison MacDonald (RHC Cougars)
17 Elizabeth Dickens (Murrayfield Wanderers)
18 Anna Swan (Edinburgh University)
19 Jemma Forsyth (Hillhead / Jordanhill)
20 Tess Forsberg (Richmond)
21 Laura Steven (Murrayfield Wanderers)
22 Lisa Ritchie (Carlisle Cougars)

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Scotland Women Six Nations fixtures 2011
Friday 4 February, France Women 53 - 3 Scotland Women, Viry-Châtillon
Sunday 13 February, Scotland Women 12 - 41 Wales Women, Burnbrae
Saturday 26 February, Scotland Women v Ireland Women, Lasswade, kick-off 2pm
Sunday 13 March, England Women v Scotland Women (follows the men’s match) Twickenham, kick-off 5.15pm
Sunday 20 March, Scotland Women v Italy Women, Meggetland, kick-off 3pm