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Lockhart in vanguard as Scotland bid to put brakes on impressive French charge

Hillhead/Jordanhill players will be in the spotlight at Hawthornden, Lasswade, tomorrow (2pm) as Scotland Women take on France in the RBS 6 Nations.

Club stalwart Heather Lockhart will win her 70th cap at prop while winger Sarah Smith should join her sister Lindsey, the hooker, if she comes on from the bench. Jade Konkel has returned to play at No.8 while Megan Gaffney is another substitute.

The Scots beat France 10-8 at the same ground four years ago, but have suffered heavy defeats so far, beaten 59-0 by Ireland, 63-0 by England in Aberdeen and then 45-5 to Italy. France, who will host the Women's World Cup later this year, have, by contrast, conceded just six points in beating England, Italy and Wales.

Ruth Slaven, the 36-times capped back-row, has been impressed by the youngsters coming through. "The new players have been learning really quickly and I have been impressed by our new second-row pairing of Deborah McCormack and Emma Wassell," she said.

Scotland Women S Johnston (Worcester); A Sergeant (Richmond), G Inglis (Melrose), L Steven (Murrayfield Wndrs), K Green (Darlington Mowden Park Sharks); T Griffith (RHC Cougars), S Law (Murrayfield Wndrs); H Lockhart (Hillhead-Jordanhill), L Smith (Hillhead-Jordanhill), T Balmer (capt, Worcester), D McCormack (Richmond), E Wassell (Murrayfield Wndrs), R Slaven (Murrayfield Wndrs), T Forsberg (Richmond), J Konkel (Hillhead-Jordanhill)

Subs: L Skeldon (Melrose), K Dunbar (Watsonians), L Robertson (Murrayfield Wndrs), R Cook (Murrayfield Wndrs), L Dalgliesh (RHC Cougars), L Martin (Murrayfield Wndrs), M Gaffney (Hillhead-Jordanhill), S Smith (Hillhead-Jordanhill)

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