Uncapped quartet to debut against France

As Scotland Women prepare to open their 2015 6 Nations campaign against France this weekend, head coach Jules Maxton has included four new caps in the starting XV that will take the field in Nantes (Saturday 7 February, k/o 1pm GMT).
 

Jenny Maxwell, Abi Evans and Chloe Rollie have progressed through Scotland age grade sides while Nuala Deans has already been capped for her country in cricket and football.
 
Taking the right-wing berth is Maxwell, who was capped for Scotland Women 7s in June 2013, while on the left wing is Evans – currently included in the Scotland Women, Women U20 and Women 7s squads – who hails from Oban.

Melrose's Rollie, who scored a fine individual try in last year's Sarah Beany Cup final, comes in at outside centre while Deans, a former head girl at Edinburgh's Royal High School, makes her international rugby debut at inside centre, after being capped by Scotland at football (under-17) and cricket (under-21 when she was 13).
 
Head coach Jules Maxton said: "We've got an exciting young back line with three players who have progressed through our under-20 programme to make their first full national appearances this coming Saturday.


 "We've just completed a really productive training weekend with the full squad which gave the players a last chance to put their hat in the ring for this opening fixture and we're all really looking forward to getting the 6 Nations competition underway now.” 

The team is captained again by Worcester tighthead Tracy Balmer, the front row completed by 71-capped Heather Lockhart at loosehead and Melrose hooker Lana Skeldon.

Both locks, Deborah McCormack and Emma Wassell, made their Scotland debuts in the 2014 6 Nations opener against Ireland while on the blindside, Karen Dunbar won her first cap later in that campaign, against Italy.
 
Completing the pack is Alloa Academy former pupil Lyndsay O'Donnell, at openside, and another graduate of the under-20 programme, Jade Konkel, who came off the bench against England to make her Scotland debut in 2013.
 
The Murrayfield Wanderers half-back pairing of Lisa Martin at stand-off and scrum-half Sarah Law alongside Melrose fullback Gillian Inglis make up the XV.
 
Following Saturday's opening match, the Scots then meet Wales (Saturday 14 February, k/o 5pm) in the first home fixture of the season at the squad's new base of Broadwood Stadium, by Cumbernauld. Tickets for all Scotland's home matches are available online at www.scottishrugby.org priced at £5 (adults) with concessions free.

Scotland Women team v France Women, Saturday 7 February, k/o 2pm (local) (1pm GMT), Stade Henri Desgrange, nr Nantes
 
15 Gillian Inglis                                  Melrose
14 Jenny Maxwell *                            Lichfield
13 Chloe Rollie *                                Melrose
12 Nuala Deans *                               Wasps
11 Abi Evans *                                    Northumbria University
10 Lisa Martin                                     Murrayfield Wanderers
9 Sarah Law                                       Murrayfield Wanderers

1 Heather Lockhart                             Hillhead Jordanhill
2 Lana Skeldon                                   Melrose
3 Tracy Balmer (capt)                          Worcester
4 Deborah McCormack                       Richmond
5 Emma Wassell                                 Murrayfield Wanderers
6 Karen Dunbar                                   RHC Cougars
7 Lyndsay O'Donnell                           Worcester
8 Jade Konkel                                     Hillhead Jordanhill
 
Replacements
16 Sarah Quick                                    Murrayfield Wanderers
17 Lindsey Smith                                 Hillhead Jordanhill
18 Lisa Robertson                               Murrayfield Wanderers
19 Christianne Fahey                          Murrayfield Wanderers
20 Rachael Cook                                 Murrayfield Wanderers
21 Mhairi Grieve                                  RHC Cougars
22 Claire Bain                                      RHC Cougars
23 Eilidh Sinclair                                  Murrayfield Wanderers

* Uncapped
 
Scotland Women's 6N 2015 fixtures
Saturday 7 February: France Women v Scotland Women, Stade Henri Desgranges, La Roche sur Yon (kick-off 2pm local, 1pm GMT)
Saturday 14 February: Scotland Women v Wales Women, Broadwood Stadium (kick-off 5pm) – Adult tickets £5, concessions FREE
Sunday 1 March: Scotland Women v Italy Women, Broadwood Stadium (kick-off 1pm) – Adult tickets £5, concessions FREE
Friday 13 March: England Women v Scotland Women, Northern Echo Arena, Darlington (kick-off 7.35pm)
Sunday 22 March: Scotland Women v Ireland Women, Broadwood Stadium (kick-off 1pm) – Adult tickets £5, concessions FREE