Six Nations 2015: Scotland Women make one change for Ireland

Melrose's Gillian Inglis returns from a hand injury to win her 10th cap as Scotland look for a first win in the championship

By Gareth Llewellyn

Jules Maxton has made one personnel change to the Scotland Women starting XV for their RBS 6 Nations clash with Ireland Women on Sunday.

The Scotland Women head coach has recalled fit-again Melrose back Gillian Inglis for winger Abi Evans, who is in the U20 side to face Northumbria University on Friday night, forcing a reshuffle in the backline.

We’re steadily improving with every game but we need to cut out the basic skills mistakes and defensive errors from last Friday’s match going into this game.

Jules Maxton on Scotland’s Six Nations campaign

Inglis, who started the game against France at full-back, slots in at outside centre, so Hillhead Jordanhill’s Hannah Smith moves to inside centre with Wasps’ versatile back Nuala Deans moving out to the right wing and Eilidh Sinclair swapping to the left wing.

Murrayfield Wanderers duo Lisa Martin and Sarah Law continue their partnership at half-back, while Melrose’s Claire Rollie continues at full-back after starting the last three matches in the position.

The pack remains unchanged, so the front row sees captain Tracy Balmer continue at tigthead prop alongside hooker Lana Skeldon and loosehead prop Lisa Robertson.

Richmond lock Deborah McCormack and Murrayfield Wanderers’ Emma Wassell continue in the engine room, and there is consistency in the backline with Rachel Cook at blindside, Karen Dunbar at openside and Jade Konkel at number eight.

With prop RHC Cougars Katie Dougan also in the U20 side, her place on the bench is taken by Sarah Quick.

“We’re steadily improving with every game but we need to cut out the basic skills mistakes and defensive errors from last Friday’s match going into this game,” Maxton said.

“I was pleased with some of our work in the contact area last weekend, but it’s all about consistency, and we’ve been working hard this week on the areas that let us down against England.”

Scotland are still looking for their first win in the Six Nations since they defeated France in Aberdeen in February 2010, but have shown promising signs with tries in consecutive defeats to Italy and England.

Ireland, who are second in the table going into the final weekend, will hope to still be in title contention when they line up at Broadwood Stadium on Sunday afternoon if England defeat France at Twickenham on Saturday night.

But Tom Tierney’s side can claim the Triple Crown with a victory after a 20-0 win against Wales in Swansea last week and a late 11-8 win over England in Ashbourne earlier in the month.

Scotland Women: Chloe Rollie (Melrose); Nuala Deans (Wasps), Gillian Inglis (Melrose), Hannah Smith (Hillhead Jordanhill), Eilidh Sinclair (Murrayfield Wanderers); Lisa Martin (Murrayfield Wanderers), Sarah Law (Murrayfield Wanderers); Lisa Robertson (Murrayfield Wanderers), Lana Skeldon (Melrose), Tracy Balmer (Worcester, captain), Deborah McCormack (Richmond), Emma Wassell (Murrayfield Wanderers), Rachael Cook (Murrayfield Wanderers), Karen Dunbar (RHC Cougars), Jade Konkel (Hillhead Jordanhill).

Replacements: Sarah Quick (Murrayfield Wanderers), Lindsey Smith (Hillhead Jordanhill), Heather Lockhart (Hillhead Jordanhill), Fiona Sim (Saracens), Lyndsay O’Donnell (Worcester); Mhairi Grieve (RHC Cougars), Claire Bain (RHC Cougars), Jenny Maxwell (Lichfield).

Ireland Women: Team TBC

Referee: Jess Beard (NZRU)


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