Squad selected and Wassell takes over Government!

After an improved performance, though unable to turn possession into points, Scotland Women look ahead to their first home game at the new base of Broadwood Stadium, Cumbernauld. The team announced to take on Wales (Saturday 14 February, kick-off 5pm) sees four changes to the line-up that started against France at La-Roche-sur-Yon last Saturday.

All the changes come in the backs, scrum half Mhairi Grieve – who will be securing her third cap – moves up from the bench while Hannah Sloan comes in at wing. Injury to Gillian Inglis during the game against France sees Chloe Rollie move from centre to full-back and Hannah Smith – winning her second cap – takes the number 13 jersey.

Worcester prop Tracy Balmer captains the squad again, lining up in the front-row alongside the most experienced member of the team, 72-times capped Heather Lockhart.

The team are under no illusions that they will be facing a buoyant Welsh outfit who beat England 13-0 last weekend, but are up for the challenge.

Head coach Jules Maxton said: "One of the things we talked about last year was reducing our deficit – which we definitely did against France last weekend – but we're disappointed that we didn't manage to get points on the board and that's something that we tackled in our analysis immediately after the match.


"I think having home advantage is so important. We played in front of a massive French crowd last weekend, there was lots of music, and it definitely had an effect on the players.

"It's a positive having Broadwood for all three games as players can get used to the surroundings. While it's good to spread the game around the country, I think this will make us more settled in our preparations.”

Meanwhile one member of the starting line-up, lock Emma Wassell, will be running the Scottish Government's @Scotland Twitter account from today until next Monday (16 February), to share her build-up to Saturday's game, how she fits training around her studies at Heriot-Watt University and the life of an amateur international rugby player. Follow her @Scotland.

Tickets for all Scotland's home internationals at Broadwood are available online at www.scottishrugby.org priced at £5 (adults) with concessions free.

Scotland Women team v Wales Women, Saturday 14 February, k/o 5pm Broadwood Stadium, Cumbernauld

15 Chloe Rollie  (Melrose)
14 Hannah Sloan (Stewartry)
13 Hannah Smith  (Hillhead Jordanhill)
12 Nuala Deans  (Wasps)
11 Abi Evans 
(Northumbria University)
10 Lisa Martin
(Murrayfield Wanderers)
9   Mhairi Grieve (RHC Cougars)
 
1 Heather Lockhart
(Hillhead Jordanhill)
2 Lana Skeldon
(Melrose)
3 Tracy Balmer (captain) (Worcester)
4 Deborah McCormack (Richmond)
5 Emma Wassell
(Murrayfield Wanderers)
6 Karen Dunbar
(RHC Cougars)
7 Lyndsay O'Donnell
(Worcester)
8 Jade Konkel (Hillhead Jordanhill)
 
Replacements
16 Sarah Quick (Murrayfield Wanderers)
17 Lindsey Smith
(Hillhead Jordanhill)
18 Lisa Robertson (Murrayfield Wanderers)
19 Christianne Fahey (Murrayfield Wanderers)
20 Rachael Cook
(Murrayfield Wanderers)
21 Sarah Law (Murrayfield Wanderers)
22 Claire Bain
(RHC Cougars)
23 Eilidh Sinclair (Murrayfield Wanderers)
 

Scotland Women fixtures
Saturday 7 February: France Women 42-0 Scotland Women, Stade Henri Desgranges, La-Roche-sur-Yon (kick-off 2pm local)
Saturday 14 February: Scotland Women v Wales Women, Broadwood Stadium (kick-off 5pm) – Adult tickets £5, concessions FREE
Sunday 1 March: Scotland Women v Italy Women, Broadwood Stadium (kick-off 1pm) – Adult tickets £5, concessions FREE
Friday 13 March: England Women v Scotland Women, Northern Echo Arena, Darlington (kick-off 7.35pm)
Sunday 22 March: Scotland Women v Ireland Women, Broadwood Stadium (kick-off 1pm) – Adult tickets £5, concessions FREE