Preview: Italy Women v Scotland Women

Preview: Italy Women v Scotland Women

Scotland travel to Parma to face Italy at the Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi in the fourth round of the 2022 TikTok Women's Six Nations.

Both sides are seeking their first win of the 2022 TikTok Women's Six Championship in what is expected to be a fierce, physical encounter.

Scotland have made nine alterations to their starting line-up, with Molly Wright, Emma Wassell, Rachel McLachlan, Caity Mattinson, Sarah Law and Shona Campbell being named in the XV. There are a further three positional changes for Evie Gallagher, Lisa Thomson and Helen Nelson.

Meanwhile, Italy have made six changes to their starting line-up, with Ilaria Arrighetti set to make her first appearance of the campaign.

Head Coach preview

Scotland Women Head Coach, Bryan Easson, said: “We’ve made a few changes to the starting team which reflects the depth that we are looking to build but it also shows the positive growth of this group.

“The players have really been pushing each other for places during training this week which is really pleasing to see ahead of the Rugby World Cup.

“With two away games remaining, we want to close out our campaign with more clinical and composed performances against Italy and Ireland. We know that Italy typically play from deep within their territory and kick less than most teams in the tournament so we know what to expect and have prepared accordingly."

The Teams

Match stats

  • Rhona Lloyd has made five line breaks so far in the tournament, the most of any player; she's averaged a line break every four carries on average, the best rate of any of the 56 players to run with the ball on 15+ occasions.
  • Lisa Thomson and Italy’s Manuela Furlan have made the joint most carries of any back (29) in the TikTok Women's Six Nations.
  • Chloe Rollie was named "Player of the Round" after week three of the tournament, with the full-back making 122 metres with ball in hand and breaking five tackles against France.

Where to watch

Join us in the Scottish Rugby Match Centre on Saturday for exclusive insight, match stats and live commentary from Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi.

As always we’ll bring you the big moments as they happen, along with the latest from inside the Scotland camp.

Scotland v Italy gets underway at 7.20pm (BST) and you can watch the game live on BBC iPlayer and BBC Scotland in the UK.

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