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Scotland make four changes ahead of Wales clash

Scotland stand for their national anthem 26/3/2022

Scotland head coach Bryan Easson has made four changes to his team ahead of their 2022 TikTok Women’s Six Nations match against Wales on Saturday.

Easson’s side were beaten 57-5 by England in their opening match and will be looking to get their first win of the Championship in Cardiff against a Wales side fresh off a 27-19 victory over Ireland.

Centre Emma Orr is set for her Scotland debut in place of Hannah Smith, while Shona Campbell comes in for try-scorer Chloe Rollie at full back for her first start.

There are also returns for Sarah Bonar and Evie Gallagher who come into the forward pack for Louise McMillan and Rachel McLachlan.

“Last week was an opportunity to test ourselves against the top team in the world and although the result didn’t go our way, we’ve learnt a lot of lessons from our opening match,” said Easson.

“We have a number of players unavailable for selection this week due to illness and covid, however, we have some exciting young players amongst the squad and it’s hugely important to give those players opportunities to experience test match rugby against some formidable opponents, particularly in a World Cup year.

“Emma has trained particularly well since she joined us at the start of the year and has fully deserved her place in the starting line-up this weekend.

“She has previously shown us her potential during her time with the Scotland 7s squad, before being selected in the extended GB Sevens training squad last year, and I’m looking forward to seeing her make her debut.”

There is also a 50th cap for hooker Lana Skeldon who will line-up in an unchanged front row with Leah Bartlett and Christine Belisle.

“It was brilliant to see Jade Konkel receive her 50th cap at the DAM Health Stadium and I’m delighted that Lana is also in line for her 50th appearance this Saturday,” added Easson.

“Lana is an incredibly committed individual and has been an integral part of this squad for over a decade now.”

Emma Wassell will partner the returning Bonar in the second row, while captain Rachel Malcolm and Jade Konkel complete the back row alongside Gallagher.

Loughborough Lightning duo Jenny Maxwell and Helen Nelson are an unchanged pair in the half-back roles, while wingers Megan Gaffney and Rhona Lloyd also keep their place along with centre Lisa Thomson.

Scotland side to face Wales: 

 15. Shona Campbell (Edinburgh Univesity), 14. Rhona Lloyd (Les Lioness du Stade Bordelaise), 13. Emma Orr (Biggar), 12. Lisa Thomson (Sale Sharks), 11. Megan Gaffney (Loughborough Lightning), 10. Helen Nelson (Loughborough Lightning), 9. Jenny Maxwell (Loughborough Lightning), 1. Leah Barlett (Loughborough Lightning), 2. Lana Skeldon (Worcester Warriors), 3. Christine Belisle (Loughborough Lightning), 4. Emma Wassell (Loughborough Lightning), 5. Sarah Bonar (Harlequins), 6. Rachel Malcolm (Loughborough Lightning), 7. Evie Gallagher (Stirling County), 8. Jade Konkel (Harlequins)

Replacements: 16. Jodie Rettie (Saracens), 17. Panashe Muzambe (Garioch), 18. Katie Dougan (Gloucester Hartpury), 19. Lyndsay O’Donnell (Worcester Warriors), 20. Louise McMillan (Hillhead Jordanhill), 21. Caity Mattinson (Worcester Warriors), 22. Meryl Smith (Edinburgh University), 23. Coreen Grant (Saracens)