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Parker shuffles his side for second test

There are four changes to the Scotland women’s rugby team who take on South Africa this weekend after their loss to the same opposition last week. Head coach Gary Parker has promoted four players from the bench as his side look to reverse a slide of five games without a win.

South Africa won the first game in the series last weekend on a surprise 28-7 scoreline, and with the World Cup just two months away, Parker will be urging his squad to get back to a winning mentality.

Promoted from the bench fir this game are flyhalf Erin Kerr, lock Ruth Slaven, prop Beth Dickens and wing Katy Green while there are also some positional switches in the starting pack as Parker hopes to get his side back on an even keel at the breakdown where South Africa dominated last weekend.

With captain Lynne Reid on the bench this weekend, the side will be captained by centre Lucy Millard, who touched down Scotland's only try last week.

Scotland head coach, Gary Parker, said: "Every one of us was bitterly disappointed with the way we played on Saturday. We changed the whole agenda of our weekend after that and did a two-hour session on Sunday including contact work. We know we have to get better in every part of our game.

"With more than one eye on the World Cup, we're looking at different combinations and different players for this game which is, effectively, our last official internationally competitive fixture before the tournament."

Following this second Test, a Scotland travelling squad of 26 will then be named for the World Cup before the side takes on Ireland in a non-cap encounter on Sunday 18 July (also at Lasswade) as final preparation for the World Cup.

The game is at Lasswade, kicking off at 1pm.

To read Lucy Millard's blog about the second game click here.