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Parker names Scotland squad

Scotland’s new head coach Gary Parker has chosen his 6 Nations squad for the 2010 competition. Parker has promoted Edinburgh University student Celia Hawthorn (pictured) to the 26-strong squad and has welcomed back Susie Brown, the powerful Richmond No 8, who returns from injury. Scotland’s most capped international Donna Kennedy is also included.

Hawthorn, 20, who first played rugby with her brother Ben at her local rugby club in Moffat, Dumfriesshire, impressed during a training weekend against the Irish womens rugby team earlier this month which Scotland lost 30-0.

She has graduated from the Scotland under-18 and Scotland Womens Development teams.

Parker said: Shes mainly played as a wing or a centre but I gave her a run at full-back in our training match against Ireland in Belfast and she took her chance.

He added: This coming year (2010) is massive for womens rugby. Weve got the 6 Nations and then the World Cup in England later in the year. Theres great enthusiasm and commitment from the Scotland Womens squad and an enormous willingness to learn and improve.

The training game against the Irish was played at the Belfast Harlequins snow-covered ground and though the Irish scored five unanswered tries, Parker determined the exercise as worthwhile. The training game helped both Jared (Tuoro, the assistant coach) and I identify areas we need to work on and we are preparing a programme to address certain areas, he explained.

Meanwhile Parker will also be able to call on Donna Kennedy, who has been capped over 100 times for Scotland. She came out of retirement last season to help her country qualify for the World Cup.

Scotland Women 6 Nations 2010 Selection

Beth Dickens, Cara DSilva, Christina Ovenden, Donna Kennedy, Erin Kerr, Gilly McCord, Heather Lockhart, Joy Lyth, Katy Green, Keri Holdsworth, Laura Steven, Lindsay Wheeler, Louise Dalgliesh, Louise Moffat, Lucy Millard, Lynne Reid, Rosalind Murphy, Ruth Slaven, Celia Hawthorn, Sarah Gill, Sarah Quick, Sarah-Louise Walker, Susie Brown, Tanya Griffith, Veronica Fitzpatrick, Victoria Blakebrough