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Preview: Scotland Women v Canada Women

Preview: Scotland Women v Canada Women

Women's Six Nations Championship Round 5, Stadio Plebisctio, Padua, Italy 18/3/2018 Italy Women vs Scotland Women Scotland's Jade Konkel on the attack Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Giuseppe Fama

Scotland Women head coach Shade Munro is delighted his back row will be bolstered by the return of No.8 Jade Konkel for the visit of resurgent Canada.

Scotland Women head coach Shade Munro is delighted his back row will be bolstered by the return of No.8 Jade Konkel for the visit of resurgent Canada.

Konkel, a 32-cap international, is a vital cog in the Scottish side and has missed just one of her country’s last 15 matches in the Women’s Six Nations.

The 24-year-old crossed for two tries in the 2018 Championship and even packed down at prop against Wales and eventual Grand Slam winners France.

Ticket information for Scotland’s clash with Canada can be found here

After a shoulder injury prevented the Harlequins ace playing a part in Scotland’s opening November Test against Italy, Munro has named her at eight for their second autumn assignment.

The only other change to the starting Tartan 23 from the Calvisano clash also comes in the back row.

Sevens bolter Rachel McLachlan makes her first Test start on the blindside and Munro is delighted to call on the duo. 

Munro said: “I am excited to welcome Jade back into the team for this match against Canada.

“She is a very experienced player which will be an asset in what could be a tough match.

“Rachel played well when she came on in final 15 minutes of the match against Italy and is worthy of her spot in the starting line-up.”

Lisa Thomson continues as captain following her debut as skipper in Italy which saw Scotland, ranked 11th, suffered a 38-0 defeat to the world number seven side.

Scotland finished fifth in the 2018 Women’s Six Nations, with a dramatic 15-14 win over Wales providing plenty of encouragement.

Canada will provide a stern test of their progress at Scotstoun, although they face a quick turnaround after sealing an impressive 38-21 win over Wales in Cardiff at the weekend.

Courtney Holtkamp ran in two tries and Sara Svoboda, Elissa Alarie, Gabrielle Senft and Cindy Nelles also crossed to seal the first win of their late season tour.

Sandro Fiorino’s side acquitted themselves well in their opening Test against England, with the lethal Holtkamp and Alarie again on the scoresheet, despite falling to a 27-19 loss.

Scotland Women v Canada Women, 19:00 BST, Tuesday 27 November, Scotstoun Stadium – Glasgow, Live on BBC Alba

Shade Munro (Scotland coach) said: “We are going to have to improve on what we showed against Italy going into the Canada match.

“They are in the top four of the world, so we all know we will have to be much better than what we showed in today’s match.”

Sandro Fiorino (Canada coach) said: “We reviewed the video from the Wales game and had a good look at who performed well,” he said.  

“That formed the basis of our selection for Scotland and they have another opportunity to impress.

“We played great in the second half against Wales and I was really impressed with the effort. We got back to basics after half-time, we got a foot in and managed to be aggressive at the breakdown.”

Stat Watch:
– Canada have named eight uncapped players in their touring party
– The last meeting between the two sides came in the Rugby World Cup in 2010, with Canada prevailing 41-0 at Surrey Sports Park.

Scotland: 15. Chloe Rollie, 14. Lauren Harris, 13. Lisa Thomson (captain), 12. Helen Nelson, 11. Abi Evans, 10. Lisa Martin, 9. Mhairi Grieve, 1. Lisa Cockburn, 2. Lana Skeldon, 3. Megan Kennedy, 4. Emma Wassell, 5. Nicola Howat, 6. Siobhan Cattigan (Stirling County), 7. Rachel McLachlan (Stirling County), 8. Jade Konkel (Harlequins)
Replacements: 16. Jodie Rettie, 17. Siobhan McMillan, 18. Mairi Forsyth, 19. Lucy Winter, 20. Louise McMillan, 21. Jenny Maxwell, 22. Bry Nelson, 23. Annabel Sergeant

Canada: TBC