Wassell returns as Scotland seek first Women's Six Nations win

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Scotland are yet to earn a win so far in the Six Nations but come up against Italy who are also on zero points
Scotland are yet to earn a win so far in the Six Nations but come up against Italy who are also on zero points

Emma Wassell is one of nine changes to the Scotland team which will take on Italy on Saturday (7.20pm BST), writes Sportsbeat's Milly McEvoy.

The second row has returned from the injury that ended her streak of 54 consecutive appearances but will earn her 55th cap in Parma.

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Scotland are yet to taste victory so far in the TikTok Women’s Six Nations 2022 but have a prime opportunity against fellow winless side Italy.

Molly Wright has been named as the starting loosehead prop for the first time with Sarah Law promoted from the bench to fly-half.

The other changes in the backs see Caity Mattinson making her first start for Scotland at scrum-half, with Shona Campbell returning on the wing.

There is movement in midfield with Helen Nelson swapping to inside centre and Lisa Thomson switching to the No.13 jersey.

In the pack, Evie Gallagher moves to No.8 while Rachel McLachlan is selected at openside flanker.

Scotland will be without the influential Jade Konkel as they go in search of a first win this campaign, with the No.8 ruled out of the rest of the Six Nations with injury.

Loughborough Lightning trio Leah Bartlett, Jenny Maxwell and Megan Gaffney are all named on the bench.

Head coach Bryan Easson said: “We’ve made a few changes to the starting team which reflects the depth that we are looking to build but it also shows the positive growth of this group.

“The players have really been pushing each other for places during training this week which is really pleasing to see ahead of the Rugby World Cup.

“Unfortunately, Jade Konkel has been ruled out for the remainder of the tournament through injury, but it does present that opportunity to others in such an important year.

“With two away games remaining, we want to close out our campaign with more clinical and composed performances against Italy and Ireland.

“We know that Italy typically play from deep within their territory and kick less than most teams in the tournament so we know what to expect and have prepared accordingly.”

This year’s TikTok Women’s Six Nations stands to be the most accessible in the Championship’s history.

Spanning 136 countries, and available on terrestrial and streaming platforms, the Women’s Championship has never had such comprehensive broadcast coverage.

Not to mention Title Partner TikTok reaching fans via its entertainment platform with exclusive W6N content.

In what is a huge year of Women’s rugby, the TikTok Women’s Six Nations, which once again has its own window in the international rugby calendar, is set up reach more fans than ever before.

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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