6 Nations Femminile: Scozia, un cambio nel XV per la sfida alla Francia

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Alba Ovale – 2016

Edimburgo – Shade Munro cambia un solo elemento del XV della Scozia in vista della difficile sfida di sabato sera contro la Francia.

Sarà Lana Skeldon a sostituire Rachel Malcolm, che non ha recuperato dall’infortunio alla caviglia. Rachel si è sottoposta ad esami in settimana ma sono ancora incerti i tempi di recupero.

Sarà la prima gara di rugby femminile che si giocherà allo Stade Marcel Deflandre di La Rochelle, casa dei prossimi avversari di Edinburgh Rugby nel quarto di Challenge Cup. La Scozia ci arriva sulla scorta di un’ottima prestazione contro l’Irlanda venerdì scorso, quando il risultato positivo è scappato di mano a tempo scaduto. Anche la Francia, campione in carica, ha esordito il Torneo con una sconfitta (passando da 13-0 a 13-26 contro l’Inghilterra campione del mondo a Twickenham sabato sera) e l’anno scorso le Bleues hanno dovuto faticare moltissimo per avere la meglio di Lisa Martin e compagne – in una gara decisa da due mete tecniche arrivate a cavallo tra primo e secondo tempo.

The players stepped up last week and really took it to Ireland for the whole 80 minutes. While we were disappointed to lose to Ireland, the players walked off with confidence and belief that they can compete on this stage,” ha detto Shade Munro al sito ufficiale della Scottish Rugby.

Our forwards were immense and defended consistently. We also created opportunities in attack but perhaps didn’t finish them off as we would hope. There are things we need to work on, but overall I’m pleased with the squad’s progress.
The focus for this week is to build on our performance. We need to sharpen up and do the basics right. Defence will once again be important as France are a physical side and a force to be reckoned, especially with vocal home support behind them.

Kick-off fissato per le 21 ora locale, le 8pm in Scozia – con diretta su Scottish Rugby TV.

Scozia Femminile
15. Chloe Rollie* (Murrayfield Wanderers) – 13 caps
14. Megan Gaffney (Edinburgh University) – 21 caps
13. Lisa Thomson* (Edinburgh University) – 8 caps
12. Lisa Martin* CAPTAIN (Murrayfield Wanderers) – 33 caps
11. Rhona Lloyd* (Edinburgh University) – 8 caps
10. Helen Nelson* (Murrayfield Wanderers) – 5 caps
9.  Sarah Law* (Murrayfield Wanderers/Edinburgh University) – 26 caps
1. Tracy Balmer (Worcester) – 39 caps
2. Lana Skeldon (Hillhead Jordanhill) – 17 caps
3. Lindsey Smith (Hillhead Jordanhill) – 33 caps
4. Emma Wassell* (Murrayfield Wanderers) – 19 caps
5. Deborah McCormack (Aylesford Bulls) – 19 caps
6. Karen Dunbar* (RHC Cougars) – 17 caps
7. Louise McMillan* (Hillhead Jordanhill) – 3 caps
8. Jade Konkel** (Hillhead Jordanhill) – 24 caps
Replacements
16. Lucy Park* (Murrayfield Wanderers) – 2 caps
17. Heather Lockhart (Hillhead Jordanhill) – 85 caps
18. Katie Dougan (Edinburgh University) – 5 caps
19. Sarah Bonar (Lichfield) – 3 caps
20. Jemma Forsyth (Hillhead Jordanhill) – 17 caps
21. Jenny Maxwell  (Lichfield) – 11 caps
22. Lauren Harris (Melrose) – 17 caps
23. Eilidh Sinclair* (Murrayfield Wanderers) – 13 caps
* BT Sport Scottish Rugby Academy Stage 2 player 2016/17
** BT Sport Scottish Rugby Academy Stage 3 player 2016/17
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