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Four changes for Scotland with Italy away next in the Six Nations

By Liam Heagney
Scotland warm-up for their recent game versus France (Photo by Peter Summers/Getty Images)

Bryan Easson has made four changes to his Scotland side to visit Italy in the Guinness Six Nations this Saturday.

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The Scottish boss was disappointed that his selection failed to fire a shot in their 0-46 home loss to England last weekend in Edinburgh and he has reacted by making two backline alterations and two more in the pack.

In the backs, Lisa Thomson returns to the midfield in the place of the benched Meryl Smith while Francesca McGhie is promoted from the subs to take over on the left wing from Coreen Grant, who has been named as the 23rd woman for Parma.

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Up front, Molly Wright is another of last weekend’s round three subs to secure a promotion as she takes over at loosehead in place of the benched Leah Bartlett, and Eva Donaldson also makes the jump from the bench at the expense of Fi McIntosh to get her first Test start.

Saturday’s round four game will be a milestone occasion for right wing Rhona Lloyd, the Great Britain 7s/Stade Bordelais player, as it will be her 50th Test cap for Scotland.

Fixture
Womens Six Nations
Italy Women's
10 - 17
Full-time
Scotland Women's
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Scotland (vs Italy, Saturday)
15. Chloe Rollie – Loughborough Lightning (64)
14. Rhona Lloyd – GB Sevens / Stade Bordelais (49)
13. Emma Orr – Heriot’s Blues (17)
12. Lisa Thomson – GB Sevens (58)
11. Francesca McGhie – Leicester Tigers (10)
10. Helen Nelson – (vice-captain) – Loughborough Lightning (57)
9. Caity Mattinson – Gloucester-Hartpury (20)
1. Molly Wright – Sale Sharks (21)
2. Lana Skeldon – Bristol Bears (67)
3. Christine Belisle – Loughborough Lightning (32)
4. Eva Donaldson – Leicester Tigers (9)
5. Louise McMillan – Saracens (51)
6. Rachel Malcolm (captain) – Loughborough Lightning (45)
7. Alex Stewart – Corstorphine Cougars (3)
8. Evie Gallagher – Bristol Bears (25)

Replacements:
16. Elis Martin – Leicester Tigers (8)
17. Leah Bartlett – Leicester Tigers (33)
18. Elliann Clarke – Bristol Bears (9)
19. Fiona McIntosh – Saracens (1)
20. Rachel McLachlan – Sale Sharks (41)
21. Mairi McDonald – Exeter Chiefs (21)
22. Meryl Smith – Bristol Bears (16)
23. Coreen Grant – Saracens (10)

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