Scotland Women look to cut la moutarde in Dijon

Scotland Women play their final fixture of this season's 6 Nations tournament against France at Stade Bourillot in Dijon on Friday (15 March, kick-off 7pm local)

While the forward line-up remains the same following last weekend's defeat to Wales, there are changes to the backs with Scotland under-20 utility back Lyndsay O'Donnell (Worcester) making her debut, on the wing, and Sarah Law also stepping up, making her first start at scrum half while Louise Dalgliesh moves to stand-off.

Coming on to the bench from the Scotland under-20 squad is the uncapped flanker Hannah Smith (Hillhead Jordanhill).

Scotland Women play their final fixture of this season's 6 Nations tournament against France at Stade Bourillot in Dijon on Friday (15 March, kick-off 7pm local).

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While the forward line-up remains the same following last weekend's defeat to Wales, there are changes to the backs with Lauren Harris moving from the bench to start on the wing and Sarah Law also stepping up, making her first start at scrum half while Louise Dalgleish moves to stand-off.

Coming on to the bench from th Scotland under-20 squad are the uncapped flanker Hannah Smith (Hillhead Jordanhill) and utility back Lyndsay O'Donnell (Worcester).

At exactly the same time as Sarah takes to the field in France, her younger sister, Rachel will be turning out for Langholm at the Brewin Dolphin Girls under-15 Cup Final at Murrayfield, while dad, Andy, is assistant referee at the Brewin Dolphin Girls under-18 Cup Final, later that evening.

Head coach Karen Findlay said: "Our performance against Wales was a great step up, after the progress we made against Ireland. We created a lot of sustained pressure in the Wales 22 but just simply did not finish off the job.

The key this weekend is to achieve the same pressure but maintain consistency in our shape and accuracy in execution. We need to keep momentum in that particular area to achieve the outcome which we thoroughly deserved against Wales."

"This gives us a final opportunity to look at a few new faces [O'Donnell and Hannah Smith] both of whom have naturally fitted into the squad."

Meanwhile closer to home Scotland Women under-20 will look to build on last month's win over Finland Women in their match against Hartpury College at University of Edinburgh playing fields, Peffermill in Edinburgh on Sunday (17 March, k/o 11.45am)

Scotland Women v France Women

Thursday 15 March 2013 Dijon, kick-off 7pm (local)

15 Steph Johnston (RHC Cougars)
14 Lyndsay O'Donnell (Worcester)
13 Sarah Dixon (RHC Cougars)
12 Annabel Sergeant (Richmond)
11 Megan Gaffney (Hillhead Jordanhill)
10 Louise Dalgliesh (RHC Cougars)
9 Sarah Law (Murrayfield Wanderers)

1 Heather Lockhart (Hillhead Jordanhill)
2 Sarah Quick (Murrayfield Wanderers)
3 Tracy Balmer (Worcester)
4 Lindsay Wheeler (Richmond)
5 Bridget Millar-Mills (Worcester)
6 Jade Konkel (Hillhead Jordanhill)
7 Tess Forsberg (Richmond)
8 Susie Brown (c) (Richmond)

Substitutes

16  Beth Dickens (Murrayfield Wanderers)
17  
Suzanne McKerlie-Hex (Murrayfield Wanderers)
18  
Lindsey Smith (Hillhead Jordanhill)
19  
Kelly Shields (Murrayfield Wanderers)
20  
Hannah Smith (Hillhead Jordanhill)
21  
Tanya Griffith (RHC Cougars)
22  
Leanne Neary (RHC Cougars)
23 
Lauren Harris (Melrose)