Munro hoping home advantage can boost Scotland in Six Nations

Scotland coach Shade Munro is hoping home advantage can help Scotland Women bounce back from a Six Nations mauling with a victory over Wales.

Munro has made just one change to the side which suffered a heavy defeat in La Rochelle after a promising display in their opening match against Ireland.

With Karen Dunbar out for the rest of the Women’s Six Nations campaign with knee injury, flanker Jemma Forsyth moves from the bench into the number 6 jersey.

Worcester back row Lyndsay O’Donnell, who last appeared for Scotland Women in the second leg of the World Cup qualifier against Spain in the autumn, has been called up as a replacement, with the rest of the squad unchanged.

Munro, said: “We had a strong performance against Ireland in our opening match and a lot of good things were achieved, from which the players can take great pride from. Unfortunately, we were unable to build on those positives against a very physical French team.

“The players are a tight-knit group and are determined to keep improving together. As a squad we remain focused and determined on making progress in this campaign and competing hard against all opposition. Wales pose a different challenge but one we are familiar with, having played them last October in a friendly as part of our increased training and game schedule.

Home advantage will be key and I know the noise from the crowd during the Ireland game really lifted the players, so it would be great to see more supporters in the stands at Broadwood Stadium this Friday.”

Wales also suffered a defeat in their second game after opening their campaign with a 8-20 win against Italy, losing 0-63 to England. Scotland lost their opener against Ireland 15-22 and were defeated 55-0 by France.

The Scottish backline features Murrayfield Wanderers full-back Chloe Rollie and Edinburgh University wingers Megan Gaffney and Rhona Lloyd.

In the midfield, 19-year-old Lisa Thomson, aged 19, teams up with captain Lisa Martin, who will earn her 35th cap, with Murrayfield Wanderers’ half-backs Helen Nelson and Sarah Law at stand-off and scrum-half.

Hillhead Jordanhill’s Lana Skeldon remains at hooker with Lindsey Smith and Worcester prop Tracy Balmer in the front row.

Behind them are Deborah McCormack and Emma Wassell, who both made their debuts in the 2014 Championship.

The back row is made up of Hillhead Jordanhill players with number 8 Jade Konkel flanked by Louise McMillan and Jemma Forsyth.

On the bench, Lucy Park, Heather Lockhart and Katie Dougan provide front-row cover. They are joined by second-row Sarah Bonar and back-row Lyndsay O’Donnell. Backs Jenny Maxwell, Lauren Harris and Eilidh Sinclair make up the remainder of the replacements.

Both Scotland and Wales will be hungry for the win following second round losses in the Women’s Six Nations.

The match kicks-off at Broadwood Stadium, Cumbernauld at 6.20pm and will be live on Scottish Rugby TV HERE.

Highlights from the third weekend of the Women’s Six Nations will be shown on BBC Two on Sunday evening and are available online. Scotland Women kick-off before Scotland U20 take on Wales U20 at 8.30pm. Adult tickets are £10 for both matches and are available HERE. Senior citizens, U18s and Scotland Season Pass holders go free.

Scotland Women team to play Wales Women at Broadwood Stadium, Cumbernauld

Friday 17 February (kick-off 6.20pm) – live on Scottish Rugby TV

15 Chloe Rollie* (Murrayfield Wanderers) – 14 caps

14 Megan Gaffney (Edinburgh University) – 22 caps

13 Lisa Thomson* (Edinburgh University) – 9 caps

12 Lisa Martin* CAPTAIN (Murrayfield Wanderers) – 34 caps

11 Rhona Lloyd* (Edinburgh University) – 9 caps

10 Helen Nelson* (Murrayfield Wanderers) – 6 caps

9 Sarah Law* (Murrayfield Wanderers/Edinburgh University) – 27 caps

1 Tracy Balmer (Worcester) – 40 caps

2 Lana Skeldon (Hillhead Jordanhill) – 18 caps

3 Lindsey Smith (Hillhead Jordanhill) – 34 caps

4 Emma Wassell* (Murrayfield Wanderers) – 20 caps

5 Deborah McCormack (Aylesford Bulls) – 20 caps

6 Jemma Forsyth (Hillhead Jordanhill) – 18 caps

7 Louise McMillan* (Hillhead Jordanhill) – 4 caps

8 Jade Konkel** (Hillhead Jordanhill) – 25 caps

Replacements

16 Lucy Park* (Murrayfield Wanderers) – 3 cap

17 Heather Lockhart (Hillhead Jordanhill) – 86 caps

18 Katie Dougan (Edinburgh University) – 6 caps

19 Sarah Bonar (Lichfield) – 4 caps

20 Lyndsay O’Donnell (Worcester) – 11 caps

21 Jenny Maxwell  (Lichfield) – 12 caps

22 Eilidh Sinclair* (Murrayfield Wanderers) – 14 caps

23 Lauren Harris (Melrose) – 18 caps

Scotland Women 2017 Six Nations Fixtures

Friday 24 February

Scotland Women v Wales Women, Broadwood Stadium (kick-off 6.30pm) (live on S4C/BBC Wales)

Saturday 11 March

England Women v Scotland Women, TheTwickenham Stoop (kick-off 1pm) (live on Sky Sports)

Friday 17 March


Scotland Women v Italy Women, Broadwood Stadium (kick-off 6.30pm) (live on Eurosport IT)