Sarah Bonar will make her first start for Scotland’s Women on Saturday in the 6 Nations match against England at the Twickenham Stoop (kick-off 1pm, delayed coverage on Sky Sports at 8pm).
Aberdeen-born Bonar took up rugby in 2014 and plays for Lichfield. She attended Hartpury College and went on to study Geography at Loughborough University, and currently is a student at the University of Nottingham to become a secondary teacher in Geography.
The 22-year-old made her Scotland debut off the bench against Spain in the first of two Women’s World Cup qualifers in November and has earned five caps to date.
She starts in the number six jersey at the weekend with the team having been dealt a blow with the news that key player Jade Konkel is out with a hand injury.
The No.8, the only female pro player in the country, set-up one of the tries in the historic win over Wales nearly two weeks ago with a great offload.
The 23-year-old is hopeful of being back for Italy on March 17.
As a result, Jemma Forsyth moves from blindside flanker to No.8 and Bonar is involved as stated.
Amongst the replacements, Murrayfield Wanderers’ Rachael Cook returns to the squad after earning 10 caps in 2014 and 2015.
Hillhead/Jordanhill’s Abi Evans also comes onto the bench.
Head Coach Shade Munro said: “The win against Wales gave the squad a massive boost of confidence and was reward for all the hard work they’ve put in.
“We are under no illusion how difficult England are going to be given they are top of the table having won all their games in this year’s event, but I have every faith our players will rise to the challenge.”
15 Chloe Rollie
14 Megan Gaffney
13 Lisa Thomson
12 Lisa Martin (C)
11 Rhona Lloyd
10 Helen Nelson
9 Sarah Law
1 Tracey Balmer
2 Lana Skeldon
3 Lindsey Smith
4 Emma Wassell
5 Deborah McCormack
6 Sarah Bonar
7 Louise McMillan
8 Jemma Forsyth
Subs: 16 Lucy Park, 17 Heather Lockhart, 18 Katie Dougan, 19 Rachael Cook, 20 Lyndsay O’Donnell, 21 Jenny Maxwell, 22 Eilidh Sinclair, 23 Abi Evans.
Thanks to Scottish Rugby/SNS for the photo of Sarah Bonar
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