Deborah McCormack believes working with Scotland Women’s Head Coach Shade Munro has really helped her and fellow second-row Emma Wassell.

McCormack, the 32-year-old who plays for Aylesford Bulls, has 21 caps to her name, the same as Wassell, 22.

They have played a lot of international rugby together and ahead of Saturday’s 6 Nations clash away to England, McCormack said:  “We have a good understanding and the lineout has really improved in this 6 Nations.

“Working with Shade Munro also helps us a lot because obviously he used to play in our position and knows all the tricks of the trade.

“The pack are well aware that we will need to do well in this England match to get the backs some ball.”

Meanwhile, McCormack has backed Sarah Bonar to do a great job when she comes into the Scotland Women’s starting XV for the clash.

With Jade Konkel injured, the back-row has been re-jigged and Lichfield’s Bonar has come in at blindside flanker for her first start.

The 22-year-old has five Scotland caps to date, all off the bench.

And McCormack believes Bonar will bring a lot to proceedings when she starts at the Twickenham Stoop on Saturday lunchtime.

McCormack said:  “It is obviously a blow to lose Jade as she is a top performer and a great player, but the pleasing thing for me now is that we have a lot of strength in depth.

“Sarah joined the group ahead of the Spain matches at the end of last year and everyone has seen what she has added off the bench.

“She is normally a second-row, but is very athletic and gets round the pitch very well. She will slot into the number six role easily enough and I am sure she will be looking to make an impact from the start.

“Also, because she plays her club rugby down in England like me she knows a lot of the English players and that will help us in terms of planning and structures.”

Thanks to Scottish Rugby/SNS for the photo of Deborah McCormack

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