Scotland coach Easson names unchanged side to face Ireland

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Scotland coach Easson names unchanged side to face Ireland

Scotland head coach Bryan Easson has named an unchanged side ahead of Super Saturday’s clash with Ireland in the 2022 TikTok Women’s Six Nations.

The Scotland boss has added three players to the replacements, with back-row Eva Donaldson, half-back Mairi McDonald and centre Emma Orr adding to his options from the bench.

Rachel Malcolm will captain the side on Saturday, with Scotland looking for their first TikTok Women’s Six Nations win of the campaign.

Easson said: “We’ve had a very honest review this week, so our training sessions have focused on getting the details rights and trying to piece together the positive aspects of our recent performances.

“The decision-making process throughout the TikTok Women’s Six Nations has been around giving as much experience to as many players as we can ahead of the Rugby World Cup in New Zealand. I’ve been really pleased with some of the performances from the younger players, who have made the team selection choices a lot tougher.

“I felt the players performed well in the first half against Italy, and this is another chance for that group to put the second-half wrongs to right at the Kingspan Stadium this Saturday.”

Despite several promising performances, Scotland have only recorded two losing bonus points during this year’s Championship and will be looking to pick up at least four more points at Kingspan Stadium on Saturday night.

They lost their last game against Italy 20-13, getting on the scoresheet through lock Emma Wassell to lead 10-3 at half-time before scores from Melissa Bettoni and Silvia Turani turned the game on its head.

The result left Easson’s side bottom of the table, while Saturday’s opponents Ireland are fourth after defeat to England last week followed their first win of the Championship, a 29-8 triumph against Italy in Round 3.

Italy have made three changes to their side to take on Wales on Super Saturday in the 2022 TikTok Women’s Six Nations.

The Azzurre earned their first win of the campaign after coming from behind to beat Scotland in Parma and will now look to build on that result against Wales.

Head coach Andrea di Giandomenico has made three changes with that objective in mind including a return to the starting line-up for scrum-half Sara Barattin, Italy’s most capped player.

She comes in for Sofia Stefan, while Elisa Giordano returns at No.8 after withdrawing at the last minute from the Scotland clash.

Giordano’s return sees Ilaria Arrighetti shift across to the flank, while Isabella Locatelli drops down to the bench.

The other change comes in the front row where Silvia Turani comes in at loosehead prop for her first start of the campaign, with Melissa Bettoni moving back to hooker.

There is a new face on the bench where Francesca Granzotto could be in line for her Test debut.

Di Giandomenico said: “Following the win over Scotland, we are preparing for the final game of the 2022 Championship with a lot of confidence – during the game last week we showed that we could react well and had an effective defence.

“We are aware of the need to raise our level in attack and in the last week that is what we have focused on. We want to end the TikTok Women’s Six Nations on a high to continue our preparation in the best possible way for the World Cup.”

The TikTok Women’s Six Nations is more accessible than ever before. To find out how you can watch the Women’s Championship visit: womens.sixnationsrugby.com/tv/

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