Scotland v Italy: Bryan Easson makes four changes for final Six Nations pool match

Evie Gallagher, Megan Kennedy, Liz Musgrove and Sarah Law all come in to starting XV

Evie Gallagher replaces injured captain Rachel Malcolm at blindside flanker. Image: © Craig Watson - www.craigwatson.co.uk
Evie Gallagher replaces injured captain Rachel Malcolm at blindside flanker. Image: © Craig Watson - www.craigwatson.co.uk

SCOTLAND head coach Bryan Easson has made four changes to the team which started against England on the opening weekend of this Six Nations campaign, ahead of Saturday’s final pool match against Italy at Scotstoun.

Evie Gallagher, who picked up her first cap off the bench against England, starts at blindside flanker in place of injured captain Rachel Malcolm.

Tight-head prop Megan Kennedy returns from injury to wear the No 3 jersey, with Christine Belisle dropping to the bench, where she appears to be covering second-row.


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In a reshaped midfield, Sarah Law is set for her first involvement in the 2021 Women’s Six Nations tournament at stand-off, with stand-in captain Helen Nelson shifting to inside centre, and Lisa Thomson moving one place outwards to outside-centre in place of Hannah Smith, who is at a GB 7s camp.

Liz Musgrove is on the left wing in place of Rachel Shankland.

Meanwhile, Evie Wills and Coreen Grant could potentially make their Scotland debuts this weekend if called upon from the bench.

“We will be looking to build on the positive aspects of our performance against England, particularly our set-piece and resilience on the pitch,” said Easson.

“I was really impressed with our ability to put England under pressure in that second-half, but we will now be looking for the players to bring that form for the full 80 minutes against Italy and turn the pressure into points.”

Scotland (v Italy at Scotstoun Stadium on Saturday @ 5pm): C Rollie; Liz Musgrove,  L Thomson, H Nelson©, M Gaffney; S Law, M McDonald; L Bartlett, L Skeldon, M Kennedy, E Wassell, L McMillan, E Gallagher, R McLachlan, S Cattigan. Replacements: J Rettie, L Cockburn, P Muzambe, C Belisle, N Howat, J Maxwell, E Wills, C Grant.


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