SCOTLAND coach Bryan Easson has selected Shona Campbell at full-back for Saturday’s match against New Zealand – the only change to the starting line-up from last week’s loss to Australia. As expected, Campbell takes over at full-back for the injured Chloe Rollie, having come on as a replacement for the No 15 in last week’s loss to Australia.
There are four changes to the bench from that match, including the return of back-row forward Louise McMillan, who played in the opening pool defeat by Wales but was dropped for the Wallabies game. The three newcomers are backs Liz Musgrove and Meryl Smith and forward Katie Dougan.
Scotland need to beat the hosts to have a chance of going through to the quarter-finals either as pool runners-up or as one of the two best third-placed teams from the three pools. Holders New Zealand are already guaranteed a place in the last eight after beating those two teams, and have rested some of their key players for this game, including Portia Woodman and Ruby Tui, who between them have scored eight tries in their two games.
“Last weekend’s result was a tough one to take but I can’t fault the passion, determination and belief the squad displayed against Australia,” Easson said after naming his matchday 23. “We’ve had a really good review this week and we will be looking to make sure we are clinical in executing our game plan against the Black Ferns.
“We’ve got two losing bonus points against two good sides and we are now looking to push on and show everyone that we are still in the fight.”
Scotland (v New Zealand at Northland Events Centre, Whangarei, Saturday 4.45am UK time): Shona Campbell; Rhona Lloyd, Emma Orr, Lisa Thomson, Hannah Smith; Helen Nelson, Caity Mattinson; Molly Wright, Lana Skeldon, Christine Belisle, Emma Wassell, Sarah Bonar, Rachel Malcolm (captain), Rachel McLachlan, Jade Konkel-Roberts. Substitutes: Jodie Rettie, Leah Bartlett, Katie Dougan, Lyndsay O’Donnell, Louise McMillan, Mairi McDonald, Meryl Smith, Liz Musgrove.
New Zealand: Renee Holmes, Renee Wickliffe, Amy du Plessis, Theresa Fitzpatrick, Ayesha Leti-I’iga, Hazel Tubic, Arihiana Marino-Tauhinu, Liana Mikaele-Tu’u, Sarah Hirini, Alana Bremner, Maiakawanakaulani Roos, Joanah Ngan-Woo, Amy Rule, Georgia Ponsonby, Pip Love.
Reserves: Natalie Delamare, Krystal Murray, Tanya Kalounivale, Chelsea Bremner, Kendra Reynolds, Kendra Cocksedge, Sylvia Brunt, Ruahei Demant.