Scotland Women name team to face Ireland Women

Scotland Women will have two changes to the starting line-up for their second Six Nations fixture against Ireland on Friday at Scotstoun Stadium. 

Deborah McCormack returns from injury to come into the starting XV at second row having missed the Autumn Tests and opening Six Nations match last weekend. She will win her 29th cap following her debut back in 2014. 

Sarah Bonar moves from second row to number 8 to replace Siobhan Cattigan who picked up an injury in the match versus Italy last week. 

Centre Lisa Thomson continues as captain in an otherwise unchanged matchday 23 for the hosts.

Scotland will be looking to register another win against Ireland, this time at home after winning on the road in Dublin in last year’s Championship. 

With Ireland currently ranked 10th in the world and Scotland at 11th, it should be a close encounter at Scotstoun Stadium on Friday night.

Both teams will be looking for their first win of the tournament having suffered defeats in their opening Women’s Six Nations matches last week.

Head Coach Shade Munro commented: “It will be good to welcome Debs McCormack back onto the field on Friday. Our scrums were good last week but Siobhan Cattigan sustained an injury so will be out this week. 

“She has been playing well at number 8, but Sarah Bonar is comfortable in this position as well. Debs will bring some experience into the second row in Sarah’s absence. 

“We put in a gritty performance on Friday against a strong Italian team. The result was not in our favour but there are plenty of positives that we have taken into training this week and hope to improve on ahead of Friday.

"Ireland are an extremely physical and tough team to play against and performed very well in the set piece against England. We are very much looking forward to the challenge and to performing again in front of our home crowd at Scotstoun Stadium."

Scotland team to face Ireland
Friday 8 February (kick off 7.35pm) 

 15. Chloe Rollie ** (Lille Metropole Rugby Club Villeneuvios)

14. Liz Musgrove (Hong Kong RFC)
13. Hannah Smith (Hillhead Jordanhill)
12. Lisa Thomson ** CAPTAIN (Darlington Mowden Park)
11. Annabel Sergeant (Heriots Rugby Club)

10. Helen Nelson ** (Montpellier)
9. Mhairi Grieve (Firwood Waterloo)

1. Lisa Cockburn (Darlington Mowden Park)
2. Lana Skeldon ** (Watsonians)
3. Megan Kennedy ** (Stirling County)
4. Emma Wassell * (Heriots Rugby Club)
5. Debs McCormack (Harlequins)
6. Rachel Malcolm (Loughborough Lightning)
7. Rachel McLachlan (Stirling County)
8. Sarah Bonar ** (Loughborough Lightning)

Substitutes

16. Jodie Rettie (Saracens)
17. Katie Dougan (Gloucester Hartpury)
18. Mairi Forsyth (Stirling County) 
19. Sophie Anderson (Hillhead Jordanhill)
20. Nicola Howat * (Edinburgh University)
21. Sarah Law * (Edinburgh University)
22. Lisa Martin ** (Lille Metropole Rugby Club Villeneuvios)
23. Rhona Lloyd (Loughborough Lightning)

 

* Fosroc Scottish Rugby Academy Supported Player 2018/19

** 2021 Supported Contract 2018/19

Scotland Women will be playing against Wales on Friday 8 March at Scotstoun in the fourth match of the 2019 Six Nations campaign. Tickets for Scotland Women home fixtures are currently on sale from the Scottish Rugby website.