Women's Six Nations Preview -- Round 3
- Author: Leroy Wright Feb 25, 2017,
Feb 25, 2017, 13:06
Laidlaw has been ruled out of the rest of the tournament by an ankle injury and is replaced at scrum-half by Glasgow's Ali Price.
"Both France and Wales pushed England to their limits but I don't think Italy will be able to do the same".
"Players coming on have to make a better impact than they did against England", Howley says.
Up front, Gordon Reid replaces Allan Dell in the front row, John Hardie comes in for Hamish Watson at openside flanker and Ryan Wilson - fit again after an elbow infection - replaces the injured Josh Strauss at No 8.
Murrayfield - Scotland head coach Vern Cotter has made a handful of changes to his side that will face Wales at Murrayfield in their Six Nations clash.
Looking beyond Jones and Ball, Webb was outstanding against England and Wales will expect the scrum-half to dictate the game.
Injured captain Greig Laidlaw is replaced by Ali Price, making his first ever global start at scrum-half, while Tim Visser and Ryan Wilson replace the crocked Sean Maitland and Josh Strauss.
Against France, Stuart Hogg became the first Scottish player to score a try in four consecutive Six Nations matches since the new format's inauguration.
"It's a home game against Wales who we've run close the last couple of times and we want to tip them over this time". It means Taulupe Faletau has to make do with a place on the bench, where he is joined by Luke Charteris.
Hardie's move to the starting lineup is one of five changes to the Scotland team for the game against Wales.
North, scorer of 28 tries in 66 Tests for his country, was hurt during Wales' Six Nations opener against Italy 17 days ago.
'The third game of the tournament is always massive - it can keep you going for a Grand Slam or get you back in the mix for the championship - so for both sides it's huge, and both sides need to win, ' he said.
Rob Howley (Wales): "In terms of intensity and performance, we stepped up a level against England and we need to take the positives from that performance and take it into 80 minutes against Scotland".
Scotland Women have not avoided defeat in the Six Nations since their 6-all draw with Italy in Colleferro in 2010.
"This can be our break in the championship and it is important we get a result here".
Despite the England defeat, Wales remain in Six Nations title contention, and they will head to Edinburgh aiming for a 10th successive victory over Scotland. A side that scored only four tries in the 2012 and 2014 campaigns has five after the first two rounds, on course to beat their highest tally of 11 that they accumulated a year ago.