Six Nations 2015: Wales Women make one change for Scotland

Shona Powell-Hughes rested as Rhys Edwards keeps faith with squad that defeated world champions England in Swansea last week

Wales Women have made one change for their RBS 6 Nations clash against Scotland at Broadwood Stadium on Saturday.

Cardiff Blues lock Jenny Hawkins is promoted from the bench in place of back-row forward Shona Powell-Hughes, who is given an extended rest after the 13-0 win over world champions England in Swansea last week.

The change has forced a reshuffle, so versatile captain Rachel Taylor reverts from lock to openside flanker with Sioned Harries switching to number eight.

The England victory will not count for anything unless we follow it up with another against Scotland.

Rhys Edwards

Scotland, who have been whitewashed in the last four Six Nations championships, opened their 2015 campaign last week with a 42-0 defeat to Grand Slam champions France.

But with their nomadic existence now given stability with Broadwood Stadium in Cumbernauld – 13 miles north east of Glasgow – hosting their three home matches this year, Jules Maxton’s squad believe they are capable of getting back to winning ways.

With qualification for the 2017 Women’s Rugby World Cup placing Wales in a three-way shoot-out with Scotland and Italy for the remaining two automatic qualification places for Six Nations countries, there is added importance placed on this fixture.

And Wales head coach Rhys Edwards admits that Scotland are getting better and insists that his side will have to be more clinical against Scotland if they are to make it two wins from two this season.

“There’s no doubt Scotland have improved since last season,” he said.

“Scotland are always a difficult proposition at home.

“We have to go there and display the same intensity we produced against England.

“While our victory over England may have taken many by surprise, we have to make sure we keep our feet firmly on the ground and maximise any opportunities that come our way and convert pressure into points.

“The England victory will not count for anything unless we follow it up with another against Scotland.

“To do that we need to be more clinical with the many opportunities that we created.”

Hawkins’ place on the bench has gone to uncapped Scarlets outside-half Hannah Jones.

Scotland: Chloe Rollie (Melrose); Hannah Sloan (Stewartry), Hannah Smith (Hillhead Jordanhill), Nuala Deans (Wasps), Abi Evans 
(Northumbria University); Lisa Martin
(Murrayfield Wanderers), Mhairi Grieve (RHC Cougars); Heather Lockhart
 (Hillhead Jordanhill), Lana Skeldon
(Melrose), Tracy Balmer (Worcester, captain), Deborah McCormack (Richmond), Emma Wassell
 (Murrayfield Wanderers), Karen Dunbar
(RHC Cougars), Lyndsay O’Donnell
(Worcester), Jade Konkel (Hillhead Jordanhill).

Replacements: Sarah Quick (Murrayfield Wanderers), Lindsey Smith 
(Hillhead Jordanhill), Lisa Robertson (Murrayfield Wanderers), Christianne Fahey (Murrayfield Wanderers)
Rachael Cook
(Murrayfield Wanderers); Sarah Law (Murrayfield Wanderers), Claire Bain 
(RHC Cougars), Eilidh Sinclair (Murrayfield Wanderers).

Wales: Dyddgu Hywel (Scarlets); Elen Evans (Scarlets), Adi Taviner (Ospreys), Gemma Rowland (Dragons), Laurie Harries (Blues); Elinor Snowsill (Dragons), Amy Day (Dragons); Caryl Thomas (Scarlets), Carys Phillips (Ospreys), Catrin Edwards (Scarlets), Rebecca Rowe (Dragons), Jenny Hawkins (Blues), Sian Williams (Dragons), Sioned Harries (Scarlets), Rachel Taylor (Dragons, captain).

Replacements: Amy Lawrence (Ospreys), Jenny Davies (Blues), Amy Evans (Ospreys), Melissa Clay (Ospreys), Hannah Jones (Scarlets); Keira Bevan (Ospreys), Robyn Wilkins (Blues), Kerin Lake (Ospreys).

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