Scotland name settled team for France clash

Scotland name settled team for France clash

Scotland Head Coach Bryan Easson has named a starting XV showing just two changes for round three of the 2022 TikTok Women’s Six Nations, which will see the team return to Scotstoun for a clash with France this Sunday afternoon.

The two teams played out a famous 13-13 draw the last time Les Bleues touched down on Scottish soil, Helen Nelson’s nerveless conversion of Rachel Shankland’s late score securing a thoroughly-deserved share of the spoils for Easson’s side.

An unchanged front-row sees former Cartha Queen’s Park star Christine Belisle join Leah Bartlett at prop, with the pair packing down either side of hooker Lana Skeldon.

Hillhead Jordanhill’s Louise McMillan comes into the second-row to replace the unavailable Emma Wassell, partnering Sarah Bonar in the engine room.

Rachel Malcolm captains the side from the back-row in the team’s first match at Scotstoun since securing their place at the Rugby World Cup in New Zealand later this year, joining Stirling County’s Evie Gallagher and last weekend’s Player of the Round, Jade Konkel, in the breakaway trio.

Jenny Maxwell continues her half-back partnership with Nelson, the Loughborough Lightning duo dove-tailing to good effect in recent outings.

Fresh from making her senior international debut last weekend, Biggar centre Emma Orr continues in the midfield, lining up outside the experienced figure of Lisa Thomson in the midfield.

Chloe Rollie returns to the starting lineup after missing the trip to Cardiff last time out, with Megan Gaffney and Rhona Lloyd – scorer of a brace at the Arms Park – completing the back-three.

Sarah Law could win her 50th cap from the bench if called upon on Sunday afternoon, the 27-year-old equally comfortable at scrum-half as she is at fly-half.

Molly Wright comes back into the matchday 23 to join Jodie Rettie and Katie Dougan as the front-row replacements, with Worcester Warriors second-rower Lyndsay O’Donnell continuing in the number 19 jersey.

Rachel McLachlan is another to return to Scotland action after missing the narrow defeat to Wales last time out, whilst Caity Mattison and Meryl Smith will look to add to their cap total as they take on the French for the first time this weekend.

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Scotland team to face France in the TikTok Women's Six Nations, Scotstoun Stadium, Sunday 10 April, kick-off 1pm

15. Chloe Rollie (Exeter Chiefs) – 46 caps
14. Rhona Lloyd (Les Lioness du Stade Bordelaise) – 35 caps
13. Emma Orr (Biggar) – 1 cap
12. Lisa Thomson (Sale Sharks) – 42 caps
11. Megan Gaffney (Loughborough Lightning) – 41 caps
10. Helen Nelson VICE CAPTAIN (Loughborough Lightning) – 39 caps
9. Jenny Maxwell (Loughborough Lightning) – 38 caps

1. Leah Bartlett (Loughborough Lightning) – 14 caps
2. Lana Skeldon (Worcester Warriors) – 50 caps
3. Christine Belisle (Loughborough Lightning) – 14 caps
4. Louise McMillan (Hillhead Jordanhill) – 33 caps
5. Sarah Bonar (Harlequins) – 26 caps
6. Rachel Malcolm CAPTAIN (Loughborough Lightning) – 26 caps
7. Evie Gallagher (Stirling County) – 9 caps
8. Jade Konkel (Harlequins) – 51 caps

Replacements

16. Jodie Rettie (Saracens) – 18 caps
17. Molly Wright (Sale Sharks) – 11 caps
18. Katie Dougan (Gloucester Hartpury) – 16 caps
19. Lyndsay O’Donnell (Worcester Warriors) – 15 caps
20. Rachel McLachlan (Sale Sharks) – 25 caps
21. Caity Mattinson (Worcester Warriors) – 2 caps
22. Sarah Law (Sale Sharks) – 49 caps
23. Meryl Smith (Edinburgh University) – 1 cap

Unavailable for selection: Emma Wassell, Hannah Smith, Lisa Cockburn, Shona Campbell

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