Two changes as Women set to take on England

As Scotland look forward to taking on England in round four of this year’s 6 Nations, there are just two changes to the team that met Italy at two weeks ago.

 

Moving from the bench to start on the right wing is Murrayfield Wanderers’ Eilidh Sinclair while in the pack, Richmond’s Deborah McCormack [above] also moves into the starting XV at lock.

While defeated in the previous round, the Scots have seen steady improvement over this year’s championship, with Hillhead Jordanhill no 8 Jade Konkel crossing for a try and Nuala Deans slotting a penalty against the Italians at Broadwood.

Head coach Jules Maxton is looking for progress to continue this Friday when the women’s game is the second match of the evening in Darlington, with proceedings kicking off in a match between both nations’ under-20 men’s teams (5pm).

Maxton said: “We were disappointed not to run the Italians closer though it’s been good to see steady progress over the last few weeks and watch confidence grow within the team.

“We’ve been able to maintain the momentum of a largely similar team and hope this group of players will rise to the occasion in what is always a hard-fought fixture.

“England have had their challenges and will be looking to bounce back after a late defeat to Ireland last time out so we know we have to hit the ground running on Friday.

“We’re really looking forward to running out at what is a new venue for us and being the second of our two nations’ double-header are hoping for a good crowd to cheer on all our players.” 

Scotland Women team v England Women, Northern Echo Arena, Darlington, Friday 13 March, kick-off 7.35pm

15. Chloe Rollie (Melrose)

14. Eilidh Sinclair (Murrayfield Wanderers)

13. Hannah Smith (Hillhead Jordanhill)

12. Nuala Deans (Wasps)

11. Abi Evans (Northumbria University)

10. Lisa Martin (Murrayfield Wanderers)

9.   Sarah Law (Murrayfield Wanderers)

 

1.  Lisa Robertson (Murrayfield Wanderers)

2.  Lana Skeldon (Melrose)

3.  Tracy Balmer (Worcester)

4.  Deborah McCormack (Richmond)

5.  Emma Wassell (Murrayfield Wanderers)

6.  Rachael Cook (Murrayfield Wanderers)

7.  Karen Dunbar (RHC Cougars)

8.  Jade Konkel (Hillhead Jordanhill)

 

Replacements

16. Lindsey Smith (Hillhead Jordanhill)

17. Heather Lockhart (Hillhead Jordanhill)

18. Katie Dougan (RHC Cougars)

19. Fiona Sim (Saracens)

20. Lyndsay O’Donnell (Worcester)

21. Mhairi Grieve (RHC Cougars)

22. Claire Bain (RHC Cougars)

23. Jenny Maxwell (Lichfield)

Broadcast
The match will be shown live on Sky Sports 3 HD with coverage starting at 7.30pm.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Scotland Women fixtures

Saturday 7 February
: France Women 42-0 Scotland Women, Stade Henri Desgranges, La Roche sur Yon
Saturday 14 February: Scotland Women 3-39 Wales Women, Broadwood Stadium
Sunday 1 March: Scotland Women 8-31 Italy Women, Broadwood Stadium                                                                                     

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

Tickets for the home matches can be purchased here

Written by
Isobel Irvine