Six Nations: Scotland make four changes for trip to Italy


Scotland suffered a bruising home defeat to champions England last week
Scotland suffered a bruising home defeat to champions England last week
Venue: Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi, Parma Date: Saturday, 20 April Kick-off: 16:45 BST
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Scotland make four changes for the Women’s Six Nations trip to Italy, with Francesca McGhie making her first start of this year’s tournament.

The winger made her return as a replacement in last weekend’s 46-0 hammering from England.

Second row Eva Donaldson starts an international for the first time, while centre Lisa Thomson and loosehead prop Molly Wright are reinstated.

Winger Rhona Lloyd will win her 50th cap in Parma.

“She’s brilliant around the group but it’s her rugby prowess that has got her to 50 caps,” said head coach Bryan Easson.

“She’s always full of energy and to have scored 22 tries is a phenomenal achievement.”

Scotland are seeking a first win on Italian soil in 25 years.

Italy lost 38-15 to France last week and sit one point above Scotland in the standings following a win over Ireland.

Scotland opened with a win over Wales and were beaten by France before their humbling from the champions.

“The first two games, we really showed what we are all about,” added Easson. “It was disappointing against England but we’ve been working hard on our attacking game.”

Scotland: Rollie; Lloyd, Orr, Thomson, McGhie, Nelson, Mattinson; WrightSkeldon, Belisle, McDonald, McMillan, Malcolm (capt) Stewart, Gallagher.

Replacements:Martin, Bartlett, Clarke, McIntosh, McLachlan, McDonald, Smith, Grant.

England lead the standings with three bonus-point wins, France are second but have a game in hand, Ireland are third, Italy fourth, Scotland fifth and Wales sixth

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